Disability Movie Review - Mr. Holland's Opus

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Mr. Holland’s Opus Mr. Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who also obtained his teaching certificate as a “fallback” plan if his music career didn’t work out. He ends up taking a teaching job to pay the rent. In his 'spare time', he hopes to achieve his true dream - to be a famous composer of some of the greatest symphonies ever heard. Teaching isn’t a fallback career, it is a lifestyle. As Mr. Holland discovers, “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”, and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. During his 31 years as a high school music teacher, Mr. Holland encounters many obstacles, one of which was the birth of his deaf son, Cole Holland. Mr. Holland, whose world revolves around his love of music, feels he can't connect with his son if his son can't hear music. He uses his music to hide from facing the reality of the situation with his son and other issues in his life. The experiences he has because of his music, guide him to a place of understanding towards the end of his career about his life and his son--this is his opus or greatest work. Cole Holland, the son of Mr. Holland, was born deaf but is not diagnosed until he is a toddler. He is 90% deaf. Our textbook states that Cole would be defined as severe hearing loss (71-90 dB) with even loud speech being hard to understand. According to our textbook, Cole is also prelingually deaf, meaning that he became deaf before he learned to speak or understand language. The disability of Mr. Holland's son represented another roadblock to being able to pursue his life dream of composing. Mr. Holland so desperately wanted to share his passion for music with his son, even playing music to him while he was in the womb. Mr. Holland assumed that Cole would not understand anything about music, and

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