As a student at Walter Johnson High School, I was appalled by Marc Fisher's Dec. 4 Metro column, "Parents, Schools Let Hollywood Co-Opt Their Jobs."

Referring to the decision by Montgomery County schools to disallow the viewing of R-rated material in high schools, Fisher argued that film is used in schools by "teachers eager to look cool or do less work." He said that most films used in schools are of no educational value or, like "Schindler's List," negate the historical truth. Does Fisher think that upon viewing a Holocaust film in which many Jews survive, students will question the truth that millions of others did not?

These points are insulting not only to the integrity of teachers and the intelligence of students but are also false. I have experienced film as an effective educational tool on many occasions in conjunction with the curriculum.

Recently, in my English class, after reading a particularly action-oriented passage from Shakespeare's "Othello," the teacher showed us the scene in the Laurence Fishburne adaptation. The scene, from a now banned R-rated film, greatly clarified the text to the class and incited a lengthy discussion about character motivation and setting.

-- Daniel Orkin

Rockville