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.

DetachmentMy 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.

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