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Board opts for tolerance
I believe the new policy for Federal Way schools is great. The School Board has a responsibility to set reasonable standards for classroom content and their policy on movies looks like common sense to me. They did not make up something new but went with MPAA ratings generally accepted and set by folks in Hollywood not known for their high moral standards.
Our schools and our society struggle to deal with problems of violence, vulgarity and crimes unheard of in earlier generations. A group stood before the school board on Monday night with a solution that costs no money and requires only self discipline. Students and parents said they are trying to avoid influences that are degrading, vulgar and violent and are striving to fill their lives with influences that are uplifting.
This is not new; Plato said the most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things. How should our public schools treat students who make such a choice? In a perfect world we might applaud such individuals. The Federal Way school board decided we should at least be tolerant.