A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

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Judith Buchan ...
Snowden School Principal
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Hadley
Jerry Callaghan ...
James Dugan ...
Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict ...
Jean Clark
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Y'landa
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Harried Principal
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Marissa Vega
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Jason
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Tayshawn
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Mr. Solis
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Principal Turner
Jacey Mah ...
Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
Marty Ronaghan ...
Jackie Vasquez
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1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ... Written by Huggo

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No one believed in them. Except him.

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Principal Turner: I have an opening in grade 3. If your credentials check out...
Ron Clark: You have an opening right here.
Principal Turner: No. Last year this class went through six different teachers before Christmas.
Ron Clark: Yes. Nobody wants them, and I do. So what's the problem?
Principal Turner: Test scores are very important to me; it's how I keep my job.
Ron Clark: I can start right now.
Principal Turner: You can start on Monday.
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Good movie with an excellent Matthew Perry
22 January 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it broad casted in the Swedish channel 5. I didn't know what to expect but, as a fan of friends that I am, i chose to look at it even though i missed the beginning.

The movie is about Ron Clark casted by Matthew Perry who took on a class in Brooklyn NY. In the beginning the kids had a pretty hard time accepting Mr. Clark and did all kind of annoying things just to break him, but after a while they accepted him one by one and they all started to love him instead of hating him, and they also learned how to like school and like to learn something instead of hating it.

I have plans to be a future teacher one day, and I can just say that this movie made me want to be a teacher even more, to see the joy in the kids eyes when they like how you teach them in all kind of different ways just makes me happy.

I can really recommend this movie, it's fun, it's sad and it's just overall a great movie

please excuse my bad English, I'm from Sweden so ;)

// Linus


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