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Graduating Peter (2001)

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An Overview of Peter's Circumstance and whether or not it was morally correct
27 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A previous reviewer had stated that although he enjoyed the film, he expects it for others to be either downright heartbreaking or downright dull. For me it was the former. In my schooling the Special Education Program was much different than the outright ridiculous expectations Peter's mother had in mind for him. Special Education students had a special program uniquely created for them where they spent time together with each other learning and creatively enjoying and expressing themselves at their own pace with less than half the rules and bad attitudes Peter was subjected to by his "aides." They would make simple creative projects and bake cookies and sell them by visiting different classrooms and then donating their entire proceeds to charitable causes. The smiles on their faces when students came up to them and thanking them for their service and purchasing their delicious cookies and beautiful cards were priceless. They weren't yelled at or told to sit still or else be sent to a special punishment room or be subject to the wrath of social rejection - all of which Peter had to undergo by his parents' desires of making him as functional as possible in modern day society. People like Peter exist to teach us exactly what is wrong with our modern day society, not the other way around. By constantly pushing Peter into circumstances not beneficial for him and by placing unrealistic expectations on him, his parents put him through needless suffering. No wonder the poor boy developed thyroid and depression problems. I would have too! Maybe they think he is some sort of toy that they can just wind and he will do exactly as they say, but he is not. He is probably more human than the rest of us - with a grand emotional ability and complex inner world of his own. He should have been allowed to enjoy himself by exploring different environments and being able to spend time with people undergoing similar situations as he is without all the nasty rules and regulations of our modern day society's so called "Schooling" and without the pressures of trying to find a "functional role" in society. Watching this documentary filled me with both horror and sympathy for Peter because he had unfortunately been born into parents incapable of caring for him. I might as well have been watching him be physically tortured as it would have at least spared him the deeper wounds caused by all that mental and emotional torture he was subjected to. Overall an eye-opening and heartbreaking documentary. 10 stars because everyone should watch this and learn from it whatever there may be to learn from this for each person. This is what I learned from it.


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