"Freedom Writers" Movie Paper
Sometimes in life, there are opportunities to make the right decision or to take the wrong path.
There are always two roads to take for everyone, regardless of who you are, where you come
from, or what you have done. There are some people who have the love, patience and empathy
for others who strive to help them succeed, no matter what the circumstances are. A good
example of this is portrayed in the movie called
, in which a teacher shows how
her effort can change so many lives by just understanding her students and showing them that
she is devoted to helping them succeed. Even though everyone else had given up on these
students, Erin Gruwell did not. This film shows how the juvenile justice system and schools have
such a significant impact on juvenile behaviors.
The movie shows how a young female teacher inspires her class at the risk of the students
to help them learn tolerance and pursue education and understand its importance. The film is set
back in 1994, when Erin Gruwell started her career as a sophomore and freshman teacher of
English at Woodrow Wilson High School. The school had implemented a voluntary integration
program two years before Erin's joining the school. Most of the existing teachers believed that
the program had ruined the school, since the school's previous academic achievements were
stellar. This integration program allowed many students who had both behavior issues as well as
academic issues. The implication is that the school had recruited students, some of which are in
gang groups and very stubborn. Erin was not prepared for what awaited her in the classroom.
The students in her classroom live by strict generational codes that require them to protect
themselves at all costs. Thus, most of them are in gangs seeking to defend their ethnicity or
friends (LaGravenese, 2007). Erin voiced her opposition to a recent drive-by shooting to the