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Life long early childhood teacher and administrator.

You're welcome. I would like

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You're welcome. I would like to know what your thoughts after you've watched. Enjoy.

Life Skills Support Teacher

My Career in *Lower* Ed

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I spent 10 turbulent but exhilarating years teaching radio/TV/film production to undergrads and grad students. Five of those years were spent on the faculty of the snobby East coast university (if you go to my website and poke about, you'll be able to find out which one) where I was a hero among my students and an enigma to most of my faculty colleagues. During my last two years, I was voted among the Top 5 professors by a student government poll. I was always on the wrong side politically and I put my students first before anything else. Slowly a dossier of what was judged to be "anti-collegial" behavior was built up against me and allowed to overshadow all my other positive accomplishments. Like John Keating, I was also scapegoated but dismissed but for superficially less dramatic reasons-- I was told I needed a terminal degree to continue. My Master of Science degree would no longer suffice, they said, and I would be replaced by a freshly minted M.F.A. hired for a lower salary and possessing the "correct" profile.

I am much happier teaching where I am now, because the school's credo is that "the kids come first." That's they way it should always be.

Teacher and Educational Journalist

A Touch of Greatness

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I haven't seen it Judi, but it looks like an excellent documentary about a very special teacher. I just added it to my Netflix queue.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Life long early childhood teacher and administrator.

"A Touch of Greatness"

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This is, by far, my favorite film. Not to be missed. I've shown it to many groups and all come away inspired and a bit saddened that they did not have a similar educational experience.

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M.A.

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Thanks for adding to my list.

I hope you lasted longer than Keating (Dead Poet's Society)! I loved the movie, but over the years I also came to realize that Keating was only a partial success. For me the real heroes are those who fight Keating's battles but also survive. I call those teachers "controlled radicals." They're able to change the system from the inside.

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Life Imitates Art

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I became "John Keating," because I once had a teacher who was the same way, long before the movie was even made.

I've seen "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) quite few times lately because it essentially mirrors my own story as a willful college instructor at a snobby private school where everyone is expected to assume a role and not deviate from it.

A film about teachers that's rarely discussed these days is "The Children's Hour" (1961). The story is still relevant these days, where spiteful children will point accusatory fingers at teachers they don't like, causing unbelievable turmoil within the school and the lives of those involved.

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