The Dead Poet Society Essay

826 Words Oct 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Dead Poet Society Before watching the Dead Poet Society in class I had never heard of the movie yet the scene with the boys standing on the desk saying, “O captain! My captain” did seem familiar. I am glad we got to watch it though because it makes a big statement about education and teaching. Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams, has all of the traits a good teacher should have. He cared deeply about his students, was creative with his lesson plans, taught the subject but also taught life lessons, and lastly wasn’t afraid to stand up for his beliefs. The Welton Academy is an all male, private, boarding high school that put academics above all. All of the boys at the academy had parents that expected perfection from their sons and often were controlling in all aspects of their lives. Contrary to the average high school, all of the teachers and principal in the film, besides Mr. Keating, are old fashioned, traditional, and emotionless teachers. They don’t connect with their students, focus only on academics, and are set in their traditional way of teaching. Mr. Keating on the other hand makes those connections from day one and does his best to engage all of his students. You can see the confusion on the boys face during the first day of class they have with Mr. Keating because his way of teaching is unlike anything they have ever experienced: thought provoking, revolutionary, and spontaneous. Mr. Keating, although some of his lessons were unusual, was able to connect…

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