One of my top favorite movies. Dead Poets' Society. Robin Williams plays an unforgettable teacher who comes to a New England boarding school and changes the lives of his students. I read somewhere that this was William's favorite role as well. The director, Pete Weir, also directed "Witness," "Master and Commander," and many others as you movie buffs know. I showed this movie to a group of my students in Los Angeles, and although the school in the movie is elitist, I asked them: "what if you went to a school that really challenged you, that expected you to study hard and do your best work? Where teachers were passionate about teaching, and you were not distracted by students who disrupted the class and the facilities were excellent." Of course, noting that the school taught boys only. We had some great discussions and then wrote our impressions of the film.
There are some powerful themes in the movie, conformity, controlling parents (good or bad?) but the acting, the setting, the screenplay, all come together to make a memorable movie.
Have you seen this movie before, what are your thoughts about private schools, charter schools?