The Ron Clark Story
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SPOILERS begin: In 1998, teacher Ron Clark (Matthew Perry) leaves rural North Carolina and moves to Harlem, New York to toil in the inner city school system. But he finds it difficult to get a teaching position and must, in the meantime, work as a lowly costumed waiter at a theme restaurant. A door finally opens when a disgruntled teacher quits his job at the Inner Harlem Elementary School. Specializing in raising the standardized test scores of his students, Clark opts to educate the most unruly class of the 6th grade.
Initially, he has a hard time trying to reach his hardbitten kids, suffering their scorn and lack of interest. There are even bets taken by the kids as to how long he'll last. But Clark perseveres, continually asserting his "we are family" creed and enforcing his multiple classroom rules.Read more ›
I would recommend this for purchase, and rental both. It's truly phenomenal what this teacher can do with these troubled students. I love the fact that they're building a school in his name as well. Fantastic!
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More than ever in our society, we desperately need teachers who care; to take and active interest in kids who feel that they don't matter because nobody cares about them. The scary fact is that the perception of these kids is not often wrong.
And so comes along Ron Clark, a young teacher from North Carolina who finds that New York City is in a desperate need for teachers, particularly in their inner city schools. Most teachers would see this as tantamount to entering a war zone, but Clark sees this as a golden opportunity to do something. He shows up to find that one particular sixth grade class at an elementary school in Harlem has gone through six teachers before the Christmas break. He's offered the honors sixth grade class. Ron wants the troublesome group.
This is an amazing story of how a young teacher was able to not only teach this class of students, but to also establish a connection with them. In short, he had to prove to them that he was going to be there for them no matter what. He proved to them that he cares.
Matthew Perry is obviously well known as Chandler Bing on the hit comedy, "Friends," but few know that he can also be a very good dramatic actor as well. He doesn't play Ron Clark as being too serious, because the real Ron Clark isn't. He plays the part as well as it can be played.Read more ›
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Matthew Perry did an awesome job pertraying this character.Published 18 days ago by Therese Tuckness
I purchased this DVD for my friend for Christmas. It is a great movie about a teacher that goes to the city and teaches not so fortunate students. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy Shepherd
Inspiring and based on true story. Makes you think about what you are doing for others and kicks you in the rear if you are having a pity party.Published 6 months ago by Marilily