Sidney Poitier is the quintessential inspirational teacher. He plays an idealistic engineer-turned-teacher who ends up in an East End London school where the staff has given up on the rowdy, incorrigible students. Things start rough but once he throws out the textbooks and decides to teach the kids about life rather than square roots and split infinitives, he begins to win their trust and respect. He takes his class beyond the classroom and tells them about life and its challenges. The film deals with discrimination based on both race and economics. Poitier is perfect as the man the kids come to refer to as “Sir.” They dedicate a beautiful song in his honour, “To Sir With Love”. To become a good and acceptable teacher, you should not only reach the eyes and ears but you need to touch the heart.
To Sir With Love
May 3, 2019