Essay On The Ron Clark Story

1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on their level to be able to get through to them before he can teach them the standardized materials. But even the best laid plans can be turned askew by unforeseen events, such as illness and the behavior of others outside of his control. And he has to overcome the self-fulfilling prophecy of failure to instill a sense of worth within the students. Through it all, he is supported by Marissa Vega, the beautiful waitress at the restaurant where he works part-time.



I. Introduction

THE RON CLARK STORY tells an inspiring tale of an energetic, creative andidealistic young teacher who leaves his small hometown to teach in the big city.Carrying high hopes and confidence, Clark manages to cope with the stressfuland tough challenges brought by his new environment. Through his passionateuse of special rules for his classroom, highly innovative teaching techniques andan undying devotion to his students and helping them cope with their problems;Clark is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of his students. He re-instills courage and hope into the lives of many down-and-out students. Even when he is almost overcome by pneumonia, Clark continues to work with hisstudents, hoping that he can raise their test scores to an acceptable level, orpossibly even higher.

II. Presentation

The story begins with Clark leaving his small hometown in North Carolina,hoping that he can also make it big teaching in the big city. Carrying high hopesand big dreams, Clark embraced the busy life in the city, working as a waiter for arestaurant as a part time job. He was able to land in Harlem Public School despitediscouragements from friends and colleagues, thinking that he is too weak andtoo nice for the 6


grader students who belong to the bottom group of thegraduating students. Reluctant that Clark can make it; he was given the task of improving the class score and passed the State Examination.Clark endures the rudeness of the class on the 1


time and suffers even worst asthe day passed but Clark never gives up on them. Instead, he tries to know hisstudents better by visiting them at their home. One of them was Shameika Wallace,

a 12 year old girl trying to attend school while helping to raise her brothers and sisters. Julio Vasquez who is a juvenile delinquent and Tayshawn

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