Narrow conceptions of reason have got us into all sorts of trouble, especially in American education. The idea of this site is to kick around ideas about education and compare ideas with experience. And, verily, to occasionally blow off steam.
1973 - when I started asking questions, like, "Why are we all dressed so funny?"
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Deliver Us from "Freedom Writers"
Take the Lead
went into this movie thinking it would be "pious claptrap" about the
saintly teacher who selflessly gives of himself to save beleaguered
inner city youth. Ugh, another Freedom Writers?, I thought. Or perhaps a film about a cranky old guy who receives a revelation from today's youth in which he ditches his ways for the "wisdom" of youngsters.
Films of either genremake my skin crawl.
On the contrary! Although it has some
"Oh, come on!" moments (alleged spontaneous dance moments that have been obviously choreographed to death, for example), Take the Lead has an amazing performance by
Antonio Banderas who is willing to say (and live out the ideal),
"Everyone is entitled to a little culture" (which, from his tradition is...ballroom dancing!).
Not only is "white privilege" not mocked nor scorned, but it is suggested that the ancient things just might have a role in education today. Utterly refreshing.
This film is a meditation on the
evocative power of beauty, grace and tradition. Yes, you'll have to
suffer from a bit of hip hop (or enjoy it immensely, as I don't).
Wow, perhaps adults do have something of value to pass on; something
that does not depend on our effort to make everything "relevant" to
kids. Some things, the things of the heart, are always and everywhere
relevant for those with a beating heart and an open mind.
Summary: somewhat like Stand and Deliver meets Strictly Ballroom.