Lean On Me
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Clark's expulsion of the most delinquent students was a pretty neat scene, and was something of a surprise when I first saw it. Anyone who'd attempt that nowadays would probably get sued penniless. And the rooftop scene where he tells expelled crackhead student Thomas Sams to just jump off the roof of the school and kill himself swiftly rather than slowly by smoking crack is one of my fave film moments, and the best 'tough love' moment in movie history: "It kills your brain cells, son, it kills your brain cells!"
And as the school improves, Clark does as well. In the movie you see him learning and adapting alongside the students & faculty. Even with his best efforts, he discovers that can't turn things around by himself. At first, his gruff behavior and strongarm approaches to solving problems makes most of the teachers reluctant to help him out. But they learn to adapt to Clark, and he learns to soften his methods a bit, and even gains a sense of humor.
Sadly, the real Joe Clark, to a small degree, has `gone Hollywood'. His big gig nowadays is working the lecture circuit, as a motivational speaker.Read more ›
So if you want to see Freeman in one of his best movies, well this is it. A must see!!!
Joe Clark listens, encourages, chastises, and directs students and faculty. And perhaps most importantly he is accessible. Walking the hallways, attending classes. Although his measures may have been at times extreme and not in keeping with popular sentiment you could not argue with his results.
The film works and I definitely rate it as a purchase just not necessarily a classic.
In 1979 the county prosecutor's office labeled Eastside 'a caldron of terror and violence.' Drug deals were made in the open, and principals and teachers routine assaulted. One hundred fifty teachers out of two hundred departed during his first five years. Clark admits he encourages them to leave by routinely bawling them out in front of their classes.
Unfortunately, other sources report that education scores did not substantially improve, resulting in Eastside High being taken over by the state one year after Clark's departure in 1991. Others criticized Clark's expelling large numbers of delinquent students to improve test scores as 'simply moving the problems from the school onto the street.' And the film exaggerated his students' test scores, as well as the graffiti on the walls prior to his arrival.
Another distortion - the film depicted Clark as keeping fire inspectors out as a by-product of his chaining doors to keep out drug dealers. Reality - it was a state monitoring team that Clark kept out. Further, the reason the school board threatened to fire him - ' unbecoming conduct' and 'insubordination.Read more ›
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this product met all of my expectations and surpassed them. the item is quality personified and would definitely do business again!Published 1 month ago by EJL Clinical and Behavioral Health
This is a great story about believing in yourself, those around you, and making a change for the betterPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite movies and i was skeptical of ordering because some movies are used and scratched or knockoffs leading to dissatisfaction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kellee