You probably know that this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named “Parasite” the “Best Picture” of 2019. It is the 92nd time they selected a Best Picture of the year. What you may not know is that I collect the best picture winners from each year. My collection of 91 celebrated movies (soon to be 92) is very diverse. The movies range from war films to love stories, from violent to family friendly, from silent to musicals. Some have stood the test of time and some haven’t aged well. In fact the only thing they all have in common is that at one point in time, the Academy felt that it was the best film made that year.
Some of the films I love and have watched many times. Some of the films I don’t care for at all and wonder how they were chosen as Best Picture. However, I enjoy watching these films, because they each tell a story. Not only the story that is on the screen, but the story of what was valued and appreciated at the time of the film. If I simply watched films from genres I enjoy and the latest releases, I would be limiting myself to a very narrow focus and would have missed a larger world of film and experiences that have given me an appreciation for views and tastes different than my own. They also show me how the medium of film has evolved and grown through the years.
As an educator, I need to appreciate views and experiences that are different from mine. As pleasant as it sounds to be surrounded by teachers, parents, and even students who think like I do and respond the way I expect them to, it’s unrealistic and even egotistical. It’s going on the assumption that my way is the correct way, when in reality, I need to set the vision, but people should be able to work, learn, and grow in their own way. Differences in opinions and approaches in a respectful environment can be a powerful foundation for a unified, but diverse team. That’s how I view the movies in my collection; unity in their selection as best picture, but diverse in their themes and styles. Let’s create that same blend of unity and diversity in our school setting!
“Fasten you seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” – All About Eve (Best Picture 1950)
“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” – The Godfather (Best Picture 1972)
“I’m the king of the world!” – Titanic (Best Picture 1997)
- Monday, February 17 & Tuesday, February 18: No School for Midwinter Break
- Wednesday, February 19: IEP (Tanner) 8:15 AM
- Thursday, February 20: No Staff Meeting (all principals & literacy coaches at Central Office for training all day)
- Friday, February 21: IEP (Banter) 9:30-12:00
- Math Theme: Geometry
- Monday, February 24: Students of the Month Assembly (GRIT), Achievement Team Meeting (Ringler) 3:20 PM
- Tuesday, February 25: Achievement Team Meeting (Mcguigan) 8:15 AM
- Wednesday, February 26: Bill Roberts in lounge 8:00 AM, Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM
- Thursday, February 27: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM
- Math Theme: Problem Solving