Race And Class And Motivation In The Movie: Coach Carter

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Motivation is key Going to a school that has metal detectors and security guards right at the front entrance may not be what we would imagine for a high school, but that is a normal day at Richmond High School. This high school is located in a very poor area where no one expects greatness from any of the students. Until one day when a new coach takes over for the boys’ basketball team, the Oilers. Coach Ken Carter is very serious about this new job and he takes on the responsibility of this team with only four wins on their previous season. He holds the boys to a very high standard: they have to sign a contract that states that they will get above a 2.3 GPA, they will get progress reports from their teachers, and they must respect the coach …show more content…
In one of the very first scenes of the movie, we see that the school that Coach Carter is about is in Richmond, California. This is a very poor community with many problems going on, many revolving around gangs. This is obvious when you first walk in the school and see metal detectors with security guards standing right there, making sure no one has any weapons going into the school to harm others. Another scene that shows the problem of race and class is when Cruz’s cousin gets shot out on the street. We can also see that the school is mostly African Americans. The students say things to each other that are disrespectful, and Coach Carter even tells them that it is not appropriate for them to be saying that to each other. He also tells them that they are showing that it’s okay for the white people to call them names as well, which is in today’s education world as well. Students are calling others of different races names that offend them and their cultures. Coach Carter does a good job in stating that it should stop and it all starts with oneself. The movie also does a good job showing that race and class is a big factor in the education world …show more content…
Coach Carter gets the student athletes on the right path and believes in his players. He makes them not only trust him, but their team members as well. This makes them more confident in themselves, as well as their teammates. The boys believed in each other and themselves, which made them a better basketball team as well as students. They started getting better grades and make it to the playoffs which hasn’t happened since Coach Carter was in high school playing for the Oilers. All of the seniors graduated high school and went off to college and even graduated with a degree. Coach Carter did send out a positive message showing us how education is important along with a good motivator. It showed us how the real world education works by not caring how the students are being taught, if they are being distracted, or if they have a good support system or not. It seems like the teachers could care less if they went on to college and that is not something that should be happening. Teachers should support the students and their dreams so that they can believe in themselves and go farther in life, and maybe even on to college. They should not be bringing them down, they should be pushing the students to be their best so they can have greater opportunities in life. The real world education system is sadly following this path. The teachers are starting to care less and less about

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