“I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.” -John Keating
John Keating was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary purpose. His goal: help his students find their voice and expand their creativity. Creativity that was being discouraged and brushed aside. That would cease to exist if it wasn’t exercised.
Dead Poets Society helps us to tap into our most creative self. Dead Poets Society follows a group of students at a private academy who are faced with the most peculiar English teacher. A man who will over the course of time, help them find their voice and their reason to live. Although this movie is struck with tragedy, the boys find that being honest to who they are triumphs over all.
Finding our own voices and finding ways to express ourselves is becoming harder and harder in schools. We are pressured to gain more mathematics and science skills. Dragged into standardized testing and rated on our overall testing abilities. Creativity is running dry. No longer are we able to express ourselves or find our voice within school courses. We have to seek those out through other means.
“You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”
Schools think they are doing their students a favor. In actuality they are killing a side of them that desperately needs to be heard. Performance in schools are dropping and a rise of mental health is increasing because we have no creative release. Our ability to create gives us power, confidence, joy, and a sense of curiosity that leads to the discovery of other talents.
Others think that the rising generation may be entitled. If we are, it is because we have everything handed to us. We are given every source material to pass exams and when we do, we are kicked out to be on our own and they expect us to be successful. When everything is free, why worry about work?
Give us a challenge. Let us find our voice. Support the rising generation to take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes. If you allow us to fail, we might truly succeed.