The Bowling for Columbine Teachers’ Guide is chock full of ways to use Michael Moore’s movie to “help students develop critical thinking skills, historical analysis, and open their minds on many universal issues.” Or so it says. Brenda of Isomorphisms spotlights a few howlers:
7. Michael Moore asks the Lockheed manager if kids think, “Dad goes off to the factory every day and builds missiles. These are weapons of mass destruction. What’s the difference between that mass destruction and the mass destruction over at Columbine High School?” The Lockheed manager suggests that there is not a connection. In a persuasive essay, support a thesis in which you argue whether Moore’s statement of a connection makes sense.
Here’s a three-word essay: No, it doesn’t.
Just for starters, Columbine’s Lockheed plant doesn’t make weapons; it makes rockets that boost satellites into orbit.
10. An underlying theme in the film is the issue of white racism and how this racism has spawned fear. Using specific examples from the film as well as other research, agree or disagree with the concept that racism in our country leads to fear.
Doesn’t fear lead to racism? And, since almost all the Columbine victims were white, why is racism relevant? For that matter, why is fear relevant? The murderers didn’t act in self-defense.