Freedom Writer Diary

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The Freedom Writer Diary is based on a true story of an English teacher Erin Gruwell and her first teaching in Long Beach, CA. She was working with students other teachers calls them "unteachable." The teachers there was being stereotypical and believe the students in room 203 didn't have a chance to graduate. The students were convinced that they had nothing to learn from a white woman who had never experience firsthand violence, discrimination, and hatred that was part of their everyday lives. The students separate themselves into racial groups in the classroom. Fights break out and eventually some of the students stop showing up to Ms. Gruwell classroom. There was one part when one of her students drew a stereotypical racist cartoon of one of her students which was passed around the class. Even as a teacher, Ms. Gruwell was the target of jealous, envious, teachers in her building. Later, when the time comes to tell their own stories designed to explore the daily violence that majority of the students have experienced, the barriers that had once stood strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to be friend with the person who was once their mortal enemy. They began to slowly let their guards down, and open their trust to Ms. Gruwell. And in no time, their world was opened to a whole new territory of possibilities. Ms. Gruwell inspired them to see another world that was more vicious and violent then their was. She sacrifice her time and marriage just to help her students to succeed in life and walk in the right path. Nobody ever gave these students the time and encouragement to guide them the right way, but instead, they only look down on them and judge them on where they came from and label them as bad kids without giving a chance to see that they are as the same as any other student. The film ends with a note that Ms. Gruwell successfully brought many of...
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