From: Guthlaf <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Welsh in Movies
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> Wasn't there a more recent remake? With Kate Hepburn? Did it contain this
> same bias, or was it about rural students in the US?
No, there was a recent remake with Michelle Pfeifer, with the name
Dangerous Mind. And, yes, it was about rural student in the U.S.
OK, a bit behind on posts. But I had to respond to this one:
Dangerous Minds is about an inner city teacher NOT some rural student in
the US. There are tons of students, and rural students need not live with
the drugs, gang pressures and murder these kids do.
The comments about a teacher from the majority culture giving up her
culture were also inaccurate and frankly, tasteless.
She teaches. This is reality when teaching in the US today. Most new
teachers can't get jobs right off the bat. Most inner-city schools can't
find teachers. She didn't give up her culture. She just chose to take her
kids more seriously than most. It was a post crisis time in her own life.
She could relate at many levels. Go figure????
I don't see the similarity. I *do* work with youth, most of them
disadvantaged. If anyone watches PBS (over here) you might recall a fairly
recent St Paddy's Day bit by the resident Hispanic of the show R. Rodriguez
who spoke of the Irish being the only ones who would work with the cities'
less than desirable kids. He refers to it as "The Irish Understand what it
is to be rejected, to be poor, to be unwanted. It is probably because of
this that they remain committed to our sucess." He attributes his to some
teachers he had, who were Irish, as well. That is why he chose to speak of
this on St Patrick's Day, on PBS. He expressed a gratefulness to be seen as
a person, by those who knew what it was to: not be hired, not be housed,
not be educated, not be wanted.
I being quite Celtic, would have to agree with him. We know what it is to
remember the rejection. And yet we are now among the highest scholars in
our nation. Think about it.....
She did not choose to give up her culture or any other thing. I work with a
specific Southeast Asian culture, and even struggle to speak their language
(after which Gaelic is a piece of cake!). Never must I give up my culture.
It is not expected or desired. Instead I adamantly insist they not give up
theirs entirely, in the balm of forced assimilation. I have written a
curriculum to get them reading the language they speak first, then English
(none of which is spoken at home). It makes sense coming from a relatively
oppressed culture, don't you think?
As Celts I should think we above most would be mindful of the oppression
imposed upon us in the not at all distant past. Wouldn't you agree?
So to correct the stigmatized judgement. We may have a similarly committed
teacher who fell in love with her culture. It is highly doubtful she was
ever expected to give up her own however. For without it, what would she
have to give to and share with them?
Think about it.......then we'll chat. Better yet find that movie!
Someone corrected the rural thing. If anyone has access to more info on the
real teacher I would appreciate the info. T'anks
The paradigm of abuse does not change