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I’m showing the ubiquitous end of year math movie: Stand and Deliver. I haven’t done this in years, and most of my kids have seen it, but they’ve been good, and I could use the down time.

It turns out, the movie is a lot more familiar this time around. The orange bulletin board in the office from the opening scene still looks like it still has the same construction paper on it, 20 years later. The commute passes al the same landmarks as mine, except in the opposite order. And the desk nearly dropping on Eddie Olmos’s head happens right outside of my last year’s classroom, and the chase scene after that goes right by where I broke up a fight earlier today.

It’s too bad that the movie got turned into teacher porn. The real story probably has some valuable lessons…

{ 4 } Comments

  1. A. Mercer | June 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Don’t normally like libertarian rags, but the piece in Reason Magazine should be required for any fresh-faced wanna be teachers longing to work in the hood. It would be eye opening, and point to the way to what’s needed for a “reform” to be successful. Course it still leaves the sustainability question hanging out there. Can’t give ‘em all the answers.

  2. H. | June 17, 2009 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    This had me looking for your name at Garfield High. No Knauss there though. What is this?

  3. Mr. K | June 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Parts of it were filmed at Hollenbeck, a middle school in the same area.

  4. H. | June 18, 2009 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for explaining :)