I love Netflix and the biggest reason I love Netflix is the suggestions they make, or the options they show me to see movies that would never have come onto my radar. I’ve watched so many that have been so darn good and that I rated a ‘5’ that I never heard of and would not have seen otherwise.
One of those is a documentary titled, The Hobart Shakespeareans, where a teacher named Rafe Esquith excels consistently at expanding fifth graders toward being the best that they can be. Maybe you’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it as much as I did. Not the movie, but the whole idea of what Rafe has been and is doing. He has also written several books.
Below is the trailer for the movie:
Here is the text from the video online:
Teacher Rafe Esquith has a point of view, a very strong one, about educating
children of immigrants. Teaching in Los Angeles at one of the nation’s largest
inner-city grade schools, Hobart Elementary, Esquith leads his class of fifth
graders through an uncompromising curriculum of English, mathematics, geography
and literature. He inspires them with cross-country trips to learn history
first-hand. And at the end of the semester, every student performs in a
full-length Shakespeare play: in this case Hamlet, with advice from actors Ian
McKellen and Michael York. Despite language barriers and poverty, these Hobart
Shakespeareans move on to attend outstanding colleges, motivated by a teacher
honored with a National Medal of Arts. A co-presentation with Thirteen/WNET New
I love to celebrate this kind of creativity, and AWESOME commitment.
Spread Some Joy Today–by celebrating some of your successes. Treat yourself!