Akeelah And The Bee Essay

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I would like to choose the movie Akeelah and the Bee and Stand in Deliver. Akeelah and the Bee explores the issues of education in a low socioeconomic African American community. In this movie, Akeelah comes from a working class family living in South Los Angeles. Akeelah is a bright girl, especially when it comes to words, but finds life at poor Crenshaw Middle School boring and unchallenging, so she doesn't try. But her natural aptitude for words spurs the school administrators, led by Principal Welch, to convince her to try out for the process of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Akeelah, already feeling isolated from many in her school because of being perceived as a "brainiac", feels that participating in such will make her feel even …show more content…
Jaime Escalante is a new teacher at Garfield High School determined to change the system and challenge the students to a higher level of achievement. Leaving a steady job for a position as a math teacher in a school where rebellion runs high and teachers are more focused on discipline than academics. As the year progresses, he is able to win over the attention of the students by implementing innovative teaching techniques. He is able to transform even the most troublesome teens into dedicated students. While Escalante teaches basic arithmetic and elementary and intermediate algebra, he realizes that his students have far more potential. The students begin to like Mr. Escalante and start understanding his teaching. Through the classes on every Monday through Saturday in the summertime, they succeed at the tests they had to take and the educational system flourishes because of it. This movie really connects with Akeelah in the Bee due to the fact that there are teachers that see the potential in their students when no one else can. The students come from bad environments but they have the choice to make their own future. But instead of succumbing to the environment that surrounds them, the characters rise above the challenges that lie before

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