Using media to support instruction is a time honored practice. Used appropriately, motion pictures can hi-light ideas, inspire debate, energize and engage students. Used excessively, or inappropriately media can bore students to death, or expose them to controversial, even dangerous images. No one is suggesting that movies should never be shown in schools. The challenge is to determine what materials are suitable, how they should be used and to what degree parents should be informed.
How appropriate a film may be for classroom use is determined by a combination of factors. There are legal considerations, such as copyright, to consider. Does the film have relevance to what is being taught? What rating did the film receive? Is it age appropriate? How much of the film should be used? What is the purpose of showing the film? How might parents react to their child seeing the film? All of these questions should be considered before a teacher puts a picture before a class.