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The Ron Clark Story (2006)

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 ...
Ron Clark Sr.
James Dugan ...
Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict ...
Jean Clark
C.J. Jackman-Zigante ...
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Harried Principal
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Jason
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Mr. Solis
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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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President Arthur's name was misspelled as "Chester Alan Arther" on the board listing the names of the Presidents. See more »

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President Chester A. Arthur's name was misspelled as "Chester Alan Arther" on the board listing the names of the Presidents. See more »

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Ron Clark: New York public schools are desperate for good teachers. Newspaper says they're begging for them. Dad, every year I tell my students to go for what they want in life - dream big, take risks. It's time I start living up to my own words.
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A good time
14 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a movie or TV critic, and I won't pretend to be. I will say that as just a normal person without any special credentials, I absolutely love this movie. It gives you this great feeling when you watch it, and I was shocked by Matthew Perry's performance. Having before only thought of him as the "Friends" guy his new personality took me completely by surprise. Overall, I thought that as a TV movie it is very much worth the time spent watching it. I had a great time and I'm sure that you will too.

The storyline is well developed and while there are a few unrealistic points, I think that it's very good. The children were portrayed very realistically, as were the challenges of teaching such a group. Knowing that it was a true story only heightened my enjoyment of the entire movie.

Because of the above said reasons I gave this a ten out ten. The movie isn't very action filled, and there isn't much romance, but I think that it's one of the best movies that I have seen in quite a long time.

I hope you will take this review seriously when choosing whether to watch this movie.

Thank you.


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