Lean on Me - Edgr 502

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Lean on Me Lean on Me is one of the most memorable movies of my childhood. The protagonist, Joe Louis Clark (played by Morgan Freeman), is hired as the principal of an underperforming, inner city school, which is at risk of being taken over by the state government, do to extremely low test scores. Throughout the movie, Clark strongly embodies integrity and honesty. At one point, Clark boldly and brashly expels hundreds of students from the school, who are identified as drug dealers, drug users, or troublemakers. Clark’s action creates a major backlash from parents of students who have been expelled, and even from some faculty members. In spite of the backlash, Clark stands firm upon his values of integrity and honesty. He does not allow the students back in school. He continues to stress the importance of integrity and honesty. Ultimately, Clark’s decisions to dismiss the drug dealers, drug users, and troublemakers and stick by his values prove to be ingenious. In relatively short order, the atmosphere in the school becomes conducive for learning. Clark’s school does not end up being taken over by the state government, because more than enough students pass the state-required exam. While I commend Clark for righting the sinking ship, I would not have gone about it in the same manner. My course of action would focus on getting the parents involved in the school. Like Clark, I would still teach and model integrity and honesty. Unfortunately, Clark ostracizes a large group of parents by expelling hundreds of students without first having a conference with their parents. Schools must effectively collaborate with parents to create a safe environment for children. “Working together, these two formative social institutions have real power to raise up moral human beings and to elevate the moral life of the nation” (Lickona, 1991, p. 35). As outlined by

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