Twelve-year-olds may have access to every shade of depravity on their smart phones, but a school board in British Columbia feels what kids really need protection from is the classic anti-racist film, “To Kill A Mockingbird”.
I suspect that watching a film like that for kids today may be the same as me as a child watching films of Nazi concentration camps. I actually found the images a little traumatizing, in fact I still do.
We have lived in a fairly sanitized environment for a long time. It's only recently that the German people's responsibility for the holocaust has been honestly examined. When I was a kid it was all Hitler's massive mind control that was responsible. What kids need to know is that it was just ordinary people that made the holocaust and Jim Crow possible. What I suspect is that the people in charge of our educational system don't want kids to know that ordinary people like them selves are capable of doing such things. That kind of deep reflection makes people less able to be controlled and molded.