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Stand and Deliver/Lean on Me (DVD) (DBFE) (Multi-Title)
Look at the too-cool-to-cope kids in Jaime Escalante's class at East L.A.'s tough Garfield High, and many will say they see a bunch of losers. Escalante sees scholars. How he cajoles, instructs, challenges and inspires his no-expectations barrio kids to pass the daunting Calculus Advanced Placement Test forms the amazing heart of Stand and Deliver [Side A], starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips. Paterson, New Jersey's Eastside High is the setting for Lean on Me [Side B], starring Morgan Freeman as bat-and-bullhorn-toting principal Joe Clark, whose controversial methods turned the failing school around and made Clark a national symbol of tough-love education. His message: Don't lean on excuses, drugs or anger. Lean on yourself and me...and learn. School's now in session with these two true-life tales!]]>
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Getting Lean on Me in the same DVD case makes this a golden educator recharge combo. Never easy to do good work for modern youth and not get discouraged.
We can all stand to be reminded of the teachers who inspired us to excel, to reach father than we thought we could and for those who we owe a debt of gratitude for their effort.
This dvd is two-sided, and comes with "Stand and Deliver" on one side and "Lean on Me" on the other. While I have only watched "Stand and Deliver", I did check the other side of the dvd do be sure "Lean on Me" played also. (Some other reviewers had difficulty accessing both movies). I had no problems with the product.
Stand and Deliver is a great movie that brings a different perspective to light for many. It is about a low SES group of students who are finally challenged enough that they pass the AP Calculus exam, when no one believed in them before. It brings to light different home situations, like ill relatives, gang activity, or having to take care of other siblings. Events like these can make education harder, but that just means that we need to find ways to work around it and help every student to succeed. An inspiring movie loosely based on a true story.