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  • I just finished watching a film called "Detachment," starring Adrien Brody. He plays a high school substitute teacher who does his best to remain emotionally distant from his students while trying to help them develop a more positive attitude about school. It's rated R because of very rough language, but it's a powerful story about what happens when a teacher allows himself to become emotionally engaged and committed to helping his students get past the distrust and social stereotypes so that they can relate to one another as human beings, as people. This story is filled with rage and despair, but it also shows the glimmer of hope that if we start treating students like people and weather the storms, we will earn their respect and actually help them see the benefit of staying in school. I like to think of "Detachment" as the 21st century version of "To Sir With Love," a film that came out in 1967 and showed how an African-born high school teacher earned the respect of his students by treating them like people rather than rebellious punks.
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