October 11, 2000 Remember the Titans
It has been a long time since I went to the movies; it has been an even longer time since I saw a movie as good as “Remember the Titans.”
We decided to treat ourselves to a matinee on Sunday, and were quite surprised to see such a long line of people waiting to buy tickets for the first show at 11:40. It was a little unusual to see so many moviegoers out on a Sunday morning, but as we walked out of the theater, we suspected that the lines would always be long for “Remember the Titans.”
“Remember the Titans” is a based-on-a-true-story movie about a young black man who was brought on to coach the football team in an integrated high school. This young coach, Herman Boone, was hired as head coach of T.C. Williams High, replacing Bill Yoast, a white man who had a winning record and several years seniority. The movie showed America as it struggled through the seventies, amidst anti-war protests, Black Panther rallies, civil rights marches, and all kinds of demonstrations. Coaches Boone and Yoast brought change to their Virginian community not only with a winning football team but also with an entire community united together in tolerance and love.
I’m working on a peace education project, and hope to implement some of my ideas into Ala Wai’s School’s curriculum. Ala Wai School is one of the most diverse schools in Hawaii, with children of so many ethnicities and cultures. Although the violence from T.C. Williams High isn’t a problem at Ala Wai, teaching and working with such a diverse population isn’t always easy. With my project, I hope to use these children to learn about different cultures, and how we can help them to learn in effective ways.
This movie really inspired me, and reminded me why I’m studying to be a teacher. I may not be as courageous and dynamic as Coach Boone, but if I can encourage my students to learn about and respect each other, the human relationships and understanding they gain may be more valuable than any “book” knowledge.
Go and see “Remember the Titans!”
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #50（スーザン先生の英語講座 その50）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“Two adults and one child for Remember the Titans at 1:30.”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|