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An Oscar-Winning Giveaway: UNDEFEATED on Blu-ray

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The only problem with inspirational movies is that they can be kind of corny. Know what I mean? I’m not talking about message movies, although plenty of those attempt to inspire us–it’s just that their attempts are so transparent that the audience feels like it’s being treated like idiots. (And for some reason we educators, [...]

Blu-ray Giveaway: Exemplar Message Movie ‘Won’t Back Down’

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All movies are message movies because, as media texts, they all have media messages.

“Monsieur Lazhar” Gets Teaching Right—Or Does It?

Alice (Sophie Nélisse) in "Monsieur Lazhar." (Courtesy of Music Box Films)

Think about it: teachers are usually represented as domineering, if not cruel, or as boringly pompous pendants, or both. Alternately, of course, they are shown as dazzlingly inspirational, as courageous mavericks.