As the new school year fast approaches, these movies will leave you with excited anticipation. Each film showcases what education is capable of. Whether you’re a teacher gathering your strength to return to long hours or you’re a student trying to drag your feet back to class, these movies will put a spring in your step as you shop for back-to-school supplies.
Dead Poets Society
If you don’t get chills when John Keating instructs his students to rip out the introduction to their poetry textbook, you might want to check your pulse. Dead Poets Society remains one of the most inspiring education-related films to date, as an English teacher encourages his students to think for themselves, stand up for their beliefs, and stretch their minds. You’ll be left with an urge to brush up on Whitman, as the movie’s passion is contagious.
Good Will Hunting
A critically acclaimed classic, Good Will Hunting shows how a little encouragement can change lives. Before his genius is discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, Will Hunting works as a janitor at a university. Despite trying circumstances, Lambeau encourages Hunting to aspire to new heights. As an Academy Award-winner for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, this film deserves a watch before returning to the education bubble.
Mona Lisa Smile
Set in 1953, Mona Lisa Smile portrays a progressive female graduate student named Katherine Watson, who teaches art history at Wellesley College. She fights for her students’ rights, pushing the envelope and ruffling feathers along the way. The film highlights the power and positive effect that one educator can have, despite opposition and hardship. Watching this film will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the educational opportunities we take for granted.
Stand and Deliver
In east Los Angeles, Stand and Deliver takes place at a high school that believes in quick fixes and minimum effort from its teachers and students. A new teacher, Jaime Escalante, decides to fight this system and challenge his students with a new level of expectations. A classic education tale, this movie is based on real events, sharing the message that real change is possible when strong educators push back against the norm.
Watch these movies for an extra boost to get back in the swing of things before school starts. Guaranteed they’ll inspire you. If you have suggestions for other back-to-school films, please share in the comments!