I am a true sucker for any inspirational movie that shows the power of educators –
- Stand and Deliver
- Dangerous Minds
- Freedom Writers
- Dead Poets Society
- Pay it Forward
- Sister Act II
I have experienced the empowerment of education and some truly wonderful and inspiring teachers. I know the difference they can make. But I am scared by all I hear and read about the failings of the education system (and we can debate those at a future time). I am even more worried about the numbers I hear of teacher burn-out. The burn-out is not happening among veteran teachers only – but teachers in their fourth or fifth years.
My husband and I watched the movie Detachment today. It caught my attention from the beginning with teachers speaking about how and why they started their career. But the movie definitely takes a very grim, gritty, and realistic look at the public school system in a urban area.
First off – I must warn you – do not watch this movie for the first time with your children. There is profanity, language, references to sexual acts, talk of suicide, and more… It is not a lighthearted story. It seems very, very hopeless at times. It is not something I would usually recommend on my site when I am promoting encouraging, positive stories.
BUT I feel the message of this movie is very important.
There is one scene in the movie where the school has a Parent’s Night. Pay attention to it. It is during this scene that the movie makes a very real conclusion about where the problem in education begins. And as a parent, I want to stand up and cheer because I stand behind this conclusion 100%.
Although this movie is dark, complex and gritty (again, something this site and blog is not), it reflects my whole purpose is starting Project Stella Resources. I want to provide resources that parents can use to raise children that feel significant. I want to encourage those educators who may be feeling the hopelessness and burn-out from working in the school system. I want my own child to know that I am here for her to talk to.
I recommend Detachment. I know it is not for everyone but the message behind it is. I am thankful to have watched it. It is one of those movies that I will not forget.