A teacher in Gwinnett County has been fired for showing Elizabeth in class. The movie is about Queen Elizabeth I of England and is one of my all time favorite movies — I think I’ve seen it over thirty times. Details are here.
The movie is not entirely historically accurate, but for the most part conveys the themes and timeline fairly well. My problem is that teachers have a growing tendency to rely on Hollywood to teach class. When I was in high school back in the early nineties, I had one teacher in particular who preferred to show movies than teach.
While students might enjoy it, the practice educates students in Hollywood’s version of history and not actual history.