Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society is a 1989 film starring the late-great Robin Williams as John Keating, an unorthodox English teacher at an all-boys preparatory school (Welton Academy in rural Vermont), set in the year 1959. This scene, “Mr Keating’s First Class (the carpe diem lecture),” is how English teachers should teach, and how they ought to teach poetry. “We don't read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for,” Keating says. If only more English teachers today would (want to) emulate Mr. Keating, but timid and cowardly school administrators fail the students time and time again. Instead, students have to sit through boring lectures that even the teachers themselves would find boring if they themselves were students; and then there is the constant testing and exam taking, which only makes marks important and learning subservient to it. Some aspects of education today are no better than they were in 1959, while others are worse. The film was directed by Peter Weir and written by Tom Schulman.
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