Wednesday, August 31, 2016

To Sir, With Love (1967)



This is a video clip of the final few scenes of To Sir, With Love (1967), a British-made movie focusing on social and racial issues of an inner-city school in London’s East End. In today’s parlance, the students come from a lower socio-economic background and are a little rough around the edges. It stars Sidney Poitier as a teacher who does not give up on these students and who does not have the same low expectations as many others do. Besides teaching them some academics, he teaches them life’s lessons and the importance of character and respect, which will help them throughout their adult years. Do schools, even private schools, teach/discuss character any more? Is this considered important/essential for educating young minds? I do hope so.

The title song is sung by Lulu (Lulu Kennedy-Cairns). If you are of a certain vintage, and have seen the British movie, you will tear up. Love, respect and appreciation has won the day. You can hear Lulu sing the full song in 1967 here;  then 40 years later, in 2007, here; and a few later on “American Idol” here.