Five sentences in Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's Jersey Boys screenplay moved me to tears. Frankie Valli is advising his aspiring yet frustrated musician daughter, Francine. "Look, I know how hard it is. You got something you want to share with the world and nobody gives a sh!#… But then things turn around. You gotta have patience. You gotta keep working." You got something you want to share with the world. Tell me about it! How many other people feel that way? Hundreds? Thousands? Millions? Everyone? I can't speak for anyone, but those five sentences had me sitting up in my seat thinking, Yeah, I get that. I fully feel that. What I want to share with the world is important. I know
What Should We Talk About?
My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.
It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”
I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.