The Values & Morals of Character Role Models in the Movies
Lets explore some much needed positive role models for us to experience and learn from in the films we call our favorites. I had the pleasure of upgrading my home movie theater with a licensed Electrician Marietta, who did an outstanding job in a fairly short amount of time for my screening purposes and preferences. Needless to say I was highly impressed, which was in turn able to enhance my viewing experience of this highly inspirational film.
Coach Carter is a great movie based on the true story of Ken Carter. In this movie, Carter goes back in the past by getting the chance to coach at his high school alma mater. He not only brought greatness back into the program but respect, teamwork, hard work, integrity and accountability. He was not only creating ball players but training young men built for the future. He states his expectations and makes them clear by having the players sign a contract to abide by them.
One dilemma that Coach Carter faced in the movie was getting his team to realize the importance of education and preparing for the future. At this point in the movie the team had begun to come together, work cohesively as a unit, win games and be respected as a real team. Everything seemed to be falling into place except their academics. There were players that were doing poorly in their classes, breaching their initial contract. Because of this breach and the principle that they were a team and they suffered together, Coach Carter canceled games for the rest of the season and locked the gym until the grades were brought up. For this decision he was ridiculed by parents, administration, students and players but in spite of it all he stood by his beliefs and stuck to his moral obligation to not only coach but to be an example that taught those young men responsibility, community/teamwork, accountability, respect and determination. He believed in this so much that he was willing to quit his job because of the lack of support he got from the school board by opening the gym. Knowing the values he had instilled from the beginning, the players came together as one and not only brought up their grades but made evident lifestyle changes that were because of Coach Carter’s guidance and presence.
Coach carter provides an excellent example of a virtuous leader who despite poplar opinion stuck to his own morals and principles to help those young men on and off the court. If faced with this same situation, I would have done the same thing. In today’s society especially in inner city schools, athletes are pushed to think one thing: Sports first school work later. It is very rare to have individuals like Coach Carter that go against the grain and help them to become well rounded individuals. It is my responsibility as an educator to use my position to enlighten and inspire young children. As an educator I am not only to teach academics but values and morals as well, so that our children’s future is brighter and filled with leaders ready for tomorrow.