I just saw this film on TV today. It's about this teacher, Ron Clark , from a small town, who moves to New York and tries to make a difference in the lives of his students, despite nobody, including the students themselves, believing in them.
This , creative and idealistic young teacher who leaves his small North Carolina hometown to teach in a New York City public school. He made up 55 rules that he & the children will follow.
Here are some fo the rules he taught them.
• Make eye contact
• Respect other; ideas and opinions
• Do not save seats
• Say thank you within three seconds of receiving something
• When you win, do not brag; when you lose, do not show anger
• Do your homework each and every night without fail
• Do not talk in a movie theater
• Be the best person you can be
• Always be honest
• If you are asked a question in conversation, ask a question in return
• Perform random acts of kindness
• Learn the names of all the teachers in the school and greet them
• If someone bumps into you, even if it was not your fault , say excuse me
• Stand up for what you believe in
Through his passionate use of special rules for his classroom, highly innovative teaching techniques and an undying devotion to his students and helping them cope with their problems, Clark is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of his students.
For one young girl trying to attend school while helping to raise her siblings, he offers a chance for her to overcome her situation and become one of the class' top students. For one young boy with a penchant for graffiti, he offers an ideal outlet for artistic expression. Even when he is almost overcome by pneumonia, Clark continues to work with his students, hoping that he can raise their test scores to an acceptable level, or possibly even higher. However, when Mr Clark returns, he finds out his class did not deliver the goods but he remains optimistic about their chances. The kids sit in the state exams and a few days later, Mr Clark takes the kids to see the Phantom of Opera. In the end, Principal Turner reveals that Mr Clark's class got the highest average in the state and Mr Clark was regarded by his students as their best teacher in the world.