Tomorrow, we will start watching The Stanford Prison Experiment as a lesson on experimental ethics. The movie is rated R for “language including abusive behavior and some sexual references,” and Common Sense Media (a site that reviews movies for potentially upsetting content) says the following
The material is very strong, with psychological abuse, fighting, beating with nightsticks, screaming panic attacks, and references to rape. […] The story of the experiment is standard in most psychology textbooks today, and it serves as a fascinating cautionary tale, as well as a look at our inner workings and the way that power can influence us. Adults and older teens with strong stomachs will likely have a lot to talk about.”
Those of you who are younger than 17 must obtain your parent or caregiver’s permission to view the movie. Please have them fill out this permission form by class tomorrow! If you are 17 or older, then you do not need to worry about this step, but if you do worry that the movie will be too intense, please let me know and we can work out an alternate arrangement.