Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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The final sadness is just how rare the breaks seem to be.
The unsparing yet tender report ends with an affecting interview with Ms. Burney.
Teachers in inner-city Philadelphia with exclusively poor African-American students struggle to inspire and educate their students.
Deploying the concepts of educators as heroes and education as inspiration, the subjects of this documentary encounter all the problems that you'd expect. While I normally reject the idea that education and inspiration are related, the context of this film and these teachers makes me challenge my own ideas. The principal of this school, Deanna Burney, must convince the students and their parents that they aren't categorically doomed to repeat the lives they see in their environment and that education has the power to take them beyond what they see. And at times she even has to convince teachers to believe in the "power of education." These are all idealistic notions that don't always hold up in real life, but it's hard to argue with her in the context of this film.
Overall, my cold, dead, cynical heart was almost warmed by this film.
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