Saturday, September 08, 2007

Accepted Quote

You know what? You're a criminal. 'Cause you rob these kids of their creativity and their passion. That's the real crime! Well, what about you parents? Did -did the system really work out for you? Did it teach you to follow your heart, or to just play it safe, roll over? What about you guys? Did you always want to be school administrators? Dr. Alexander, was that your dream? Or maybe no, maybe you wanted to be a poet. Maybe you wanted to be a magician or an artist. Maybe you just wanted to travel the world. Look, I - I - I - I lied to you. I lied to all of you, and I'm sorry. Dad, especially to you. But out of that desperation, something happened that was so amazing. Life was full of possibilities. A - and isn't that what you ultimately want for us? As parents, I mean, is - is that, is possibilities. Well, we came here today to ask for your approval, and something just occurred to me. I don't give a shit. Who cares about your approval? We don't need your approval to tell us that what we did was real. 'Cause there are so few truths in this world, that when you see one, you just know it. And I know that it is a truth that real learning took place at South Harmon. Whether you like it or not, it did. 'Cause you don't need teachers or classrooms or - or fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with a desire to better themselves, and we got that by the shit at South Harmon. So you can go ahead, sign your forms, reject us and shoot us down, and do whatever you gotta do. It doesn't really matter at this point. Because we'll never stop learning, and we'll never stop growing, and we'll never forget the ideals what were instilled in us at our place. 'Cause we are SHIT heads now, and we'll be SHIT heads forever and nothing you say can do or stamp can take that away from us! So go!

I loved the premise of this movie and this quote by Bartleby Gaines at the end was one of the best.


justjuls said...

Is the movie called Accepted? I want to see it. Great quote. That is the most ironic thing of all isn't it - that so much of our society turns around and forces their kids to do what they hated. Sure maybe it didn't kill us - but we'll never know what we lost!

Grace Walker said...

Wow....I'm sitting here in tears after that. It hit me so hard. That is SO profoundly true! I was just talking with Heather about this yesterday. We were discussing what a conflict we learn our whole lives through public school, society at large and in the workplace. "Be responsible, take care of business," etc., etc., etc., never learning to hear the voice of our heart and become attuned to it.

Thank you for sharing this! I've got to find this movie and watch it.