School is back in session here in Florida. School is not what it used to be back in the 50's, 60's, or 70's. In the 50's kids wore leather jackets and held drag races on Friday nights. The 60's brought us long hair, bell bottoms, and love beads. The 70's brought us disco and styled hair. The classroom has even changed today. It is more high tech than it was in the past. Computers are all over the classroom. Back in the day computers were the size of the classroom. The following movies are just some of the ones I have liked over the years. I hope you enjoy them as well.
10. The Principal (1987) - James Belushi is a teacher who becomes a Principal of a High School full of drugs, crime, and intimidation. The job is a form of punishment for Belushi, and after he goes up against the big thug of the school you can see why. The cast also includes Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, and Michael Wright.
9. Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969) - This English tale is about a teacher who meets a woman of shall we say a certain caliber that could be questionable to his position. You see this story plays out in the 1930's. Now, the two fall in love and end up getting married but it takes some doing to bring the young lady in line with all the stuffiness of the school. The stars are Peter O'Toole, Petula Clarke, and Michael Redgrave.
8. Teachers (1984) - Nick Nolte plays a teacher who will do anything for his kids. Even to go as far as to break the rules. The administration wants his head as he is the most popular teacher at the school and if you are the most popular you usually have somebody who doesn't like you. The cast also includes Jobeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, and Ralph Machio.
7. Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986) - A young man wakes up and wants to skip school. He doesn't want to just stay in bed. He wants to go into Chicago and see the city. He has to talk his best friend into going but his girlfriend is ready to go. It stars Matthew Broderick, Mia Sarah, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, and Jennifer Grey.
6. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) - This coming of age movie has a young lady in high school wanting to lose her virginity while learning the ropes from her more experienced friend. It features a guy who really wants to surf his way through school, and finally it has people who just want to make it through high school as best as they can. The cast includes Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and Ray Walston.
5. Breakfast Club (1985) - A group of students who have nothing in common have detention one Saturday. As the day progresses, they become more aware of just who everybody is and what they have done to get there. By the end of the day, they have become fast friends. The movie stars Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.
4. Stand And Deliver (1988) - A math teacher in a Hispanic neighborhood has faith in his students. He believes that even though they come from low income, down and out families, that he can bring their grades up on an up and coming Calculus exam. He uses very unconventional methods but he does get the job done. The cast consists of Edward James Olmos, Estelle Davis, and Adelaida Alvarez.
3. Lean On Me (1989) - Based on the true story of Principal Joe Clark and how he turned a high school around. He was fired from the same high school but comes back later to be the Principal. He goes up against faculty, students, parents, and civic leaders. In the end he does his job. Stars include Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, and Robert Guillaume.
2.Rebel Without A Cause (1955) - A new kid in town must prove himself with car races and knife fights. He is called out to do a chicken run where you drive an old car close to a cliff to see who gives up first thus being the loser. This classic film stars James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and Jim Backus.
1. Dead Poets Society (1989) - A teacher brings his average prep school class around to going up against the status quo. Thus changing their lives forever. Just because you have money does not mean you can always count on it. You must be able to think for yourselves. It stars Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, and Josh Charles.
School is a place to learn. That does not always mean that learning comes from books. Children need to learn to think for themselves. They need to learn the responsibilities of all that will be required of them when they grow up. These are just some of the many school oriented movies that are out there. These are just my favorites. Enjoy.