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: Why is everyone else's child more important than yours?
[Glenn and Iris are discussing the possibility of sending Cole to a special school
] Glenn Holland
: The doctor said that gestures meant... Iris Holland
: It's way more than gestures. Glenn Holland
: That gestures meant that Cole would never learn how to lip read or to talk! Iris Holland
: He can barely talk now, he can't say two or three words! Glenn Holland
: The guy is a specialist, Iris! Iris Holland
: Ohhh, he's a specialist who thinks that deaf people are retarded and he is not retarded, he is...
[Cole is screaming, asking for something and Iris doesn't know what it is
] Iris Holland
: Cole! Glenn Holland
: What does he...? Give him what he wants! Iris Holland
: I don't know what he wants, I don't understand what he's trying to say. Don't you get it? You walk to school every day with all these children who are normal. I can't talk to my son! I don't know what he wants or what he thinks or what he feels. I can't tell him that I love him, I can't tell him who I am. I want to talk to my son! I don't care what it costs, I don't care what the stupid doctor says it's right or wrong. I want to talk to my son!
: [Iris is translating Cole's signing for Glenn
] Why do you assume that John Lennon's death would mean nothing to me? Do you think I'm stupid? I know who John Lennon is. Glenn Holland
: [Glenn turns to Iris
] I never said that he... Iris Holland
: [Iris continues translating
] I cant read your lips if you don't look at me. Glenn Holland
: [Glenn looks back at Cole
] I never said you were stupid Iris Holland
: You must think so. If you think I don't know who The Beatles are or any music at all. You think I don't care about what it is you do or what you love? You're my father. I know what music is. You could help me to know it better, but - no. You care more about teaching other people than you do about me. Glenn Holland
: [Cole makes a final gesture, Iris doesn't translate it
] Iris... What does this mean Iris Holland
: That means "asshole".
: When you were in high school, did you ever wonder if your teachers went home and got it on at night? Glenn Holland
: When I was in high school, my teachers were all priests and nuns. Iris Holland
: I had such a crush on Mr. Griffith, he could've taken me home any time. Glenn Holland
: Really? Iris Holland
: Mhm. Glenn Holland
: And who was this Mr. Griffith? Iris Holland
: Oh, he was my music teacher.