Education, teaching in films is series focus
Everyone has a favorite or perhaps a not so favorite memory of a teacher or
professor. Join a class on “Education and Teaching as Seen in Films” on
Fridays from 1-4 p.m. April 5 through June 7.
The background on each film and its cast will be given and the film will be
Ten films will cover high school in poor neighborhoods as well as affluent
prep schools, an alternative school, college and even graduate school. Films
focusing on high school include “The Blackboard Jungle” from 1955.
Other films covering the high school experience include “Stand and Deliver” starring Edward James Olmos teaching calculus at a largely Hispanic school where the
unprecedented high achievements of the students are questioned. “Precious” is
set in an alternative school where a 16-year-old girl, abused and
pregnant with her second child, attempts to make a better life for herself.
In a totally different environment, an exclusive east coast prep school is
the setting for “Dead Poet’s Society,” starring Robin Williams as an
inspirational but unorthodox teacher who stirs things up but with mixed
results. In a college setting, Julia Robert’s teaches art at a girl’s college. Set in the 1950’s many of her students admit they attending to get an “Mrs.”
The class is aponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Cost is $10. The sessions will be held at the Institute for Astronomy at 640 N. Auhoku Place in Hilo. For
further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 933-9313.
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