To Sir with Love

To Sir with Love is a beautiful teacher movie! Novice teacher, Mark Thackeray, arrives at a secondary school in a depressed area of London’s East End and transforms a class of juvenile delinquents into a group of responsible, mature, and caring young people, confounding his critics amongst the jaundiced teaching staff.

From the very beginning, class members try to bait him into losing his temper so he’ll quit. Their previous teacher committed suicide, we are told. Gradually, he gains their trust and helps them overcome their struggles, thus winning their respect and friendship.

It’s one of the best movies of the last forty years. The movie has a soul, glows, and dares to say something of value. Just a gorgeous movie-going experience. I wish they made more movies like this today!