Ken Burns: The Address
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Most of this video focuses on the students learning the vocabulary of the speech and the meaning behind it, as well as much video of their playing in the Vermont snow, paling around with one another, interacting with teachers in class and playing music.
Why so employ the Gettysburg Address? I will use the words of one student named Ian: "When you are angry it is never good but when you have grit and perseverance, you can get through stuff a lot more. This year I'm reciting the Gettysburg and that's huge for me. It just tells people that I'm not stupid. I'm not dumb, I'm not, like, worthless. Every kid that has been bullied excessively, their life is a battlefield and every time you're shot down, you just get---you try to get right back up, but then they just keep shooting you and shooting you. When you're down for the count, either a devil cries and you're done, or the angels sing, they lift you up, they heal you. I want to go up there, I want to nail it, I want to get off, I want to shake [teacher] Stewart's hand and I want to get that coin.Read more ›
If you are an educator, you must experience this film! If you are a believer in the human spirit you must see this film! It is very different from what you'd expect of Ken Burns in one way: it is not about the artful presentation of zooms or pans of vintage photos accompanied by masterful script and narration: it is live video, and the participants tell the story.
It is exactly like many of Ken Burn's works in the most important ways. This is a film of the highest quality. It enlightens you, you experience the struggles of others, you are lifted up and at the end of it all you gently exhale while breathing on word:
When they journey to Gettysburg and see for themselves the vastness of the destruction that took place there, they are forever changed. How would it be if all Americans could experience the awakening of awareness that takes place in these young people's lives.
I highly recommend this for anyone who loves learning, teaching, parenting, mentoring, or our Nation's history.
The tradition of the school portrayed is having the boys learn and recite the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln's most well-known speech but only 2 minutes in length but 2 minutes to a child with a myriad of issues? Might as well say "2 hours."
Even if you do not have a child or know one who has a learning disability and/or mood disorder with the accompanying emotional difficulties with self-esteem and other things, you will be touched greatly by the film.
After I watched The Address for the first time, I looked for and read some reviews and the NY Times wrote a few things that really emphasized just how amazing this film is. The film may primarily be about a group of incredible boys but there's a whole lot more. The teachers, counselors, aides-every single adult at that school was phenomenal. As the Times said, "For these kinds of students, sometimes a well-trained teacher or other professional has insights that escape even the child’s parents."
In addition to the "insights" of the staff was larger message that the Times included in their review-
“American culture is identified as very individualistic, and yet there’s a tremendous social pressure to conform and to be like everybody else, and to marginalize and pathologize people who function differently in all different kinds of ways,” says Tom Ehrenberg, a therapist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I should have paid more attention to the description. It is not about the Gettysburg Address but about its use by a school for boys with "learning differences" to provide... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Smith
This is a very inspiring docmentary--a small gem in the Ken Burns crown. IPublished 18 months ago by Xavier A. Garcia
I like most of Ken Burns movies but this was not one of my favorites. ETPublished 19 months ago by ET
Ken Burns' production are always done well. This was a gift for my husband who is a history buff. I highly recommend this DVD.Published 21 months ago by D'Jai
Every parent should see this video. It speaks to the self-worth of every child.Published 21 months ago by Dedicated