1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ...
No one believed in them. Except him.
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Ernie Hudson, who plays Principal Turner, also played a school principal in the 1996 film The Substitute
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These kids are at the bottom of the barrel.
Don't talk about them like that.
Now all I'm asking is for your students to pass.
Oh every one of my students will pass.
[inaudible, students commenting outside office
They can become someone else's problem.
The problem isn't the kids. It's not even what they can achieve. The problem is what you expect them to achieve. You are setting the bar here. Why? Set it up here! They can make it.
This community judges us by scores. Government funding judges us ...
The Presidents' Rap
Performed by Matthew Perry and the School Children See more