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A Touch of Greatness (1964)

In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the ... See full summary »

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Robert Downey Sr.
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In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox educational philosophy that spoke directly to his students' needs. Many of Cullum's projects were recorded on film by then novice filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. Weaving stunning black and white footage and rare archival television broadcasts together with interviews of Cullum and his former students, this is a portrait of a maverick teacher who transformed a generation of young people by enabling them to discover their own inner greatness. Written by Anonymous

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2004 (USA) See more »

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The promise of great teaching!
18 March 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

3/16/18. Cullum was a great teacher, as attested to by former students who decades later can look back fondly on his influence in their lives. Not sure if his kind of teaching would work these days, although such teaching has the power to help young minds appreciate what they are being taught. However, I do like Cullum staging Shakespearean plays with the students. That's a really great idea. When I had to read Shakespeare's plays in high school, I always thought that they would be so much more interesting if we had just acted them out. Plays really are meant to be seen than read. If you teach, you will enjoy this doc.


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