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I love movies. No, I really love movies. There’s definitely something to be said for escaping into another world. I started thinking about some old movies that I’ve always liked and thought I might bring a little “educational twist” to some of them. Just for fun, I’ve rewritten the basic plot to a few. What do you think? Do you have favorite films that would make great educational flicks? Please post. Thanks for reading!
All Quiet on the West Wing
A young teacher faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of educational reform in 2010. The film won an Oscar for Best Cartoon, though was released as a documentary. Spoiler Alert: The Race to the Top didn’t work.
A Streetcar Named Apathy
Disturbed student named Blanche DuBlaBla moves into a new school for the fifth time that academic year. She is tormented by the failures of her past as she seeks non-existent support to help her catch up with her peers. She watches the brutish system help the privileged while her reality crumbles around her. Though the film was well written, it was poorly received, nominated for no awards, and generally ignored by the masses. It’s only available in 16 mm film.
2010: A Classroom Odyssey
Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, teacher buried in a classroom and, with the intelligent computer GAL, sets off on a quest to discover how it works. (GAL stands for Government Assigned Lurker) Scientists leading the quest become frightened of GAL’s power and unplug her before destroying all of mankind. Eventually, the scientists witness the teacher being transformed into a fetus before quickly growing into the master teacher, John Dewey. The film won numerous Oscars and awards, but the public failed to truly understand the message.
Dial M for Madness
Mr. R. U. Forreal carries out a plot to require states to double the amount of mandatory testing of students. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. The inspector in this suspenseful tale finally uncovers Mr. Forreal’s crazy antics and exposes him for the madman his is. The film won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and is the highest grossing film of all time. Proceeds from the film are used to keep Mr. R. U. Forreal behind bars.