After watching this movie, I have realized that Leon Bronstein had a very hard time to get others to
follow his actions because he was boring into a rich family and because he went to a remarkable private
school. Leon Bronstein was often teased by everyone at school, mostly by his principal and father. Bronstein
thought he was the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky because he got sent to public school due to him starting
a hunger strike at his father’s clothing factory. Bronstein’s goal was to unionize the students, but that was
really hard. This would help give everyone a voice so they could be heard and not ignored like before, this
could help students feel as if they have the power to get what they deserve and not have to settle for
something bad knowing they have to talk/use it. The most challenging thing that Leon encountered was
the struggle between students that are either doubtful or really uninterested in what he was aiming for.
Leon then after assembled some peers from his high school against the rules and gave everyone a voice.
A students’ union is a group of students organizing an event. This is very common in universities,
colleges, and also began in high schools. Students’ unions are run by students to try to help represent their
fellow peers within the institution. Students’ unions generally have similar aims regardless of the extent of
politicization, usually focusing on providing students with facilities, support, and services. Bronstein never
gave up on what he wanted most; a better life for himself and the students.
In Canada, going into university or collage is not free, there is something called a tuition fee. Over
the years this “tuition free” to get into post-secondary would increase slightly, if we want the tuition fees to
go down; we would need a large number of students to support this idea. (Basically to unionize so we have
a voice that could be heard threw the administrators). Or if Vaughan Road students were to unionize most
would think it’s a waste of time, what they want would be untameable or they wouldn’t be taken seriously.
As shown in the movie, Vaughan Road Students have the same thoughts as the students in the movie.
Some adults don’t want to hear what teenagers have to say because they think it’s idiotic or they just want
attention, but they have to realize that not all teenagers are like that, some try to help others by speaking
up as a unionized group (as seen in “The Trotsky”), that some teenagers actually have some ideas to
improve life for both themselves and others but no one would give them the time of day.
“The Trotsky” did a fantastic job at showing students that they can achieve in anything they wish to
set their minds on, as long as it is realistic. Watching Leon Bronstein takes action and not another student
complaining, makes me feel as if I can start a unionized school if I put in the dedication and determinacy
as Bronstein did. He showed his peers that they can get anything (that’s realistic) they want if they all stick
together and stride for that goal. After watching “The Trotsky” I then realized that everything is worth its
wait, as long as everyone sticks together and not give up.