Up the Down Staircase

Up the Down Staircase

DVD - 2007
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Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher with a can-do attitude at New York's inner city Calvin Coolidge High. Crowded classes, broken windows, lack of chalk and books are only a few of the problems she will have to face.

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voisjoe1_0
Mar 26, 2016

This film provided an excellent portrait of the difficulties in teaching in a poor urban high school. I should know, as I did this for one year. In the really tough schools, there are very few miracles. This film is realistic, in that very few miracles are accomplished. This is a great film to view in the year in which teachers and teacher unions are being savaged by right-wing legislators, governors, and mayors. Teaching is one of the most important jobs in our society. Unfortunately, teaching is a most disrespected profession in our society. As an aside - After 50 years of exclusion of minorities in Hollywood films, we get a mix of races. I wonder Southern audiences viewed it (if it played in the South).

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EMP_0
Mar 24, 2015

Didn't watch it. This movie was extremely and pathetically BORING.

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JudyJudyJudycoxnet
Jun 01, 2013

I recently watched this (2013) after seeing it when it was first released. Sadly, we haven't improved public education in all these years.

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