From The Theater To The Classroom
Is this just a marketing strategy for Oscar nominated film ’12 Years a Slave?’
Well, if it is, then it’s a good one. With less than one week out from the 86th Academy Awards, a report from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) says that they’ve partnered with “New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide ‘12 Years a Slave’ to America’s public high schools.” Solomon Northup’s book will also be included in the curriculum. Because of the low percentage of movie goers who’ve actually seen films nominated in this year’s ‘Best Picture’ category, many believe this is just a ploy to get people talking and into the theaters. But I say it’s a great ploy.
Coordinated by television personality Montel Williams, the new curriculum will hit public high schools across the nation at the start of the new school year this Fall. “12 Years a Slave is one of the most impactful films in recent memory, and I am honored to have been able to bring together Fox Searchlight and National School Boards Association to maximize its educational potential. When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool. This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future, and I’m proud to be a part of that,” said Williams.
This is an excellent way to connect our youth to the past. It surely isn’t Lil Wayne material!