Read-Watch-Listen: Three Takes on Back to School

Are you feeling a bit left out of the back-to-school excitement? We may not be able to deliver a bouquet of sharpened pencils to your door, but we can suggest a few ways to relive memorable classroom experiences. Try one of these or contact us for a personalized suggestion.

Up the Down Staircase book cover
Lean on Me DVD cover
School of Rock soundtrack cover

Read:  Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Composed as a series of letters, memos, vignettes, classroom papers, and lesson plans, Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless and inspiring lesson for anyone concerned about public education.

Watch:  Lean On Me

Based on the larger-than-life true story of Principal Joe Clark, Lean on Me dramatizes the tough love administrator hired to clean up a NYC school that boasts both the worst reputation and the lowest test scores.  His methods are extreme, but no one can deny the results, and Morgan Freeman delivers one of the definitive performances of his career.

Listen:  School of Rock: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture

Most students pursue their education in rock and roll as an extracurricular activity, but one movie showed how an unconventional substitute teacher and a willing group of students can electrify both classroom and stage. Conduct your own independent study with the curriculum featured on School of Rock: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture.