“For a lot of these guys, language based tasks have always been difficult, it doesn’t fit for them. So for those guys to have a complex language based task that they have to master – Gettysburg is sort of the ultimate difficult thing; it is language complex, it is conceptually complex, it is.. it has all kinds of social meaning and they have to get up there and they have to tackle it and they have to do it and it’s scary, but with enough pushing through and enough support, they can master it and they do master it and that’s a great thing.” – Tom Ehrenberg
Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that follows a group of children with learning disabilities as they take a school wide challenge to learn and recite the Gettyburg’s Address by heart.
My Take on it – As a fan of Ken Burns’ documentary films, I came across this film and was quite curious about it since the premise seemed so interesting.
They do a great job showing the various methods used by each of these kids as they try to find the right path to being able to fulfill the challenge that they are presented with by their school.
LOve dthe way that they show the various teachers and how each of them work in different ways to try and help these kids meet their own goals and expectations.
The kids in turn learn so much about themselves in the process of trying to memorize the Gettysburg Address which gives them so much in return.
Bottom Line – Great documentary that shows the various methods used by a number of different children as they try to find ways to take this school challenge. The film does a great job showing the various teachers and adults in the school who try and teach different methods of teaching these kids so much about themselves as they learn to recite the address. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In conjunction with The Address, PBS and WETA, the Washington, D.C. public television station that is Burns’s production partner have launched a major national public outreach campaign to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg Address. The campaign will utilize social media and videos from public figures, political leaders, entertainers and Lincoln historians reading the Gettysburg Address and encourage people to submit their own videos to www.learntheaddress.org. (From PBS.org)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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