|Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society: Source|
"Keep ripping gentlemen! This is a battle—a war—and the casualties could be your hearts and souls."
Now my class you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor words and language.
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Dead Poets Society
I have been asked to teach a writing/journalism workshop during Youth Conference this week. I am thinking about starting out by playing a clip from Dead Poets Society (although it's kind of difficult to find one that's FTSOY* approved, so I'll probably just use the quote above and throw a picture up on the screen to make my point.)
Anyway, I feel a little bit like Professor Keating did in the movie trying to teach young students to love poetry. How do I teach something that feels like nothing less than an outcropping of my own soul? Nevertheless, I will make an attempt. There might be some page-ripping though. There's no telling what will happen during our class on Friday, but I am looking forward to it, because I love spending time with youth and I am sure we'll draw inspiration from each other.
So! Do you have any burning questions for me about writing/journalism/my experiences that you'd love to have answered? It would help me to have your queries as a jumping-off point, since I won't be able to poll the students before Friday. Thank you!