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4 December 2007 Lean on me The high school in the movie is a classic example of what an inner city school is like, what it is made of, who attends the school and the problems that are evident in most schools like it. After watching any part of the movie for about ten minutes, there are obvious relations to our class. The school is probably around 95% black and Hispanic which tells us the their socioeconomic status is not high at all, most likely being the in lower lower or upper lower class. In addition, the school is racially balanced for its location- there are more blacks and Hispanics in the inner city than in the suburbs or surrounding metropolitan area thus more blacks and Hispanics in the school. Another relation here is that it is obvious that the Per Pupil Expenditure is much lower than it would be in a “whiter” district. The school is run down, graffiti is everywhere, and the students have virtually no materials- the atmosphere is just down right horrible. Now, Joe Clark represents the most radical and most administrative figure in schools
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Unformatted text preview: today. His methods are not the norm, sometimes breaking laws and causing the police to intervene- he is professional and unprofessional in a number of ways. He does not put up with anything with helps largely to bring order back to the school. In a way, he is more than just a principle- he is the father figure that most of those students do not see in there divorced homes, some do not even have parents which play a large role in their behavior and success in their high school years. Every facet of socioeconomic class, blacks, and what a bad school is that we have covered in class comes to light in full force during the movie. There is no money, no motivation, no good teachers, no support and no drive for the faculty or for the students. By having Joe Clark come in, he tries to do the best he can to do the opposite of what the media, parents and community say who have so confidence in the school or him...
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