John Keating is a teacher who believes in more then just teaching about what is in the book, he believes in teaching about life, to live each day to your fullest and to follow your dreams. The English teacher stretches his students minds, when he lectures he actively engages them as he discusses new concepts and gain new understandings from each other's perspectives. His unorthodox methods of teaching makes everyone realize the importance of taking charge of your life and make a stand for what you believe.
The overarching principle of the Mr. Keating's teaching philosophy is “Carpe Diem”, usually translated as “seize the day”. Carpe diem is an emphasis on the value of each moment, expressing appreciation for the opportunities found in every day’s life. Mr. Keating tells his class that he wants them to learn to think for themselves. Marcus Aurelius would say “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly”. With Mr.Keating poetry has nothing to do with rhyming: poetry becomes pure artistic expression, freedom of expression. When he says “let go, just say what comes into your head” the student suddenly becomes able to magically create great poetry. The spirit of poetry is in their souls, it is the spirit of carpe diem, it is like a candle in some boys and fire in others.
The young boys had been taught to conform to some one else's plan, and put their beliefs aside. The brave English teacher brings passion, warmth, and humor into his students’ life, to stand up for their convictions throughout their lives no matter how hard it may prove, and how much the opposing forces deny the basic truth.
His encouragement of individualism leads to dramatic consequences for one of his students. Neil Perry learns to follow his own dreams and ambitions. He disregard his father's authority, and decides to act in a students’...