Warning: there are spoilers in this post. If you plan to watch this movie and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading at the break.
I watched To Sir, With Love last night, the movie starring Sidney Poitier. I had gotten it from Netflix a couple of months ago, and finally got around to watching it. It is a teacher movie, like Stand and Deliver or Dangerous Minds, in which an inexperienced teacher is put in a classroom with a group of ne’er-do-wells.
In Stand and Deliver, Edward James Olmos stars as the man who teaches math to hispanic kids in LA. Ultimately, he teaches them calculus. In Dangerous Minds, Michelle Pfeiffer stars as an ex-marine who teaches English to tough kids. Both are based on true stories.
In To Sir, With Love, Sidney Poitier is an engineer, and he doesn’t teach any particular school subject to his kids. He promises himself he will not lose his temper with the kids, but their shenanigans get to him. If there is one thing kids don’t need to be taught, it is how to push an adult’s buttons! That, I have experience with. My personal strategy is not to have any buttons, but sometimes they pop up unexpectedly. (more…)