A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Monday, May 19, 2008

Movie Madness Monday 116: graduation edition

It is May, in case you haven't noticed. The brains, they are fried. Yet still we must soldier on and try to cram a few more factoids in. All the kids want is... a day off. And then another.

But it's Movie Madness Monday time, and inspired by a few of my students, I've decided that being a retread isn't so bad. So put your quotes in the comments section!

"In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the... Anyone? Anyone?... the Great Depression, passed the... Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?... raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. 'Voodoo" economics.' "

"Look, it's real simple. Whatever mileage we put on, we'll take off."
"We'll drive home backwards."

"What do you mean nothing good? We've seen everything good. We've seen the whole city! We went to a museum, we saw priceless works of art! We ate pancreas!"

"I do have a test today. That wasn't bullshit. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who cares if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists. It still doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car."

Hit it!

****Weekend Update: I need to say nothing else, except


If only I knew then what I know now.....

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At 5/19/08, 6:36 PM, Blogger 100 Farmers said...

Very nice of you to throw us a easy one. I don't think I've ever been this fried.

"Bueller, Bueller"

At 5/19/08, 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A: You can never go too far. B: If I'm gonna get busted, it is *not* gonna be by a guy like *that*.

Love it!

At 5/19/08, 8:38 PM, Blogger Mr. C said...

"If I miss one more day of school, I'm gonna have to barf up a lung."

At 5/19/08, 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ladies and gentlemen, you are such a wonderful crowd, we'd like to play a little tune for you. It's one of my personal favorites and I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today - Cameron Frye, this one's for you."

At 5/19/08, 9:43 PM, Blogger The Bus Driver said...

I'm so disappointed in Cameron. Twenty bucks says he's sitting in his car debating about whether or not he should go out.

At 5/19/08, 10:25 PM, Blogger Val said...

PERFECT choice for this time of year :D

"The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school. "

"Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweeb, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. "

At 5/19/08, 11:53 PM, Blogger SciGuy said...

One of my favorite movies of all time!!! I've probably seen it 50 times...

Cameron Frye: Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself.
Ferris Bueller: A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile.

At 5/20/08, 5:24 AM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I've got two, but one of 'em is from the soundtrack, so I'm not sure it counts...

"OH, Yeahhhh."


"Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond. "

At 5/20/08, 4:31 PM, Blogger Mrs. T said...

Mrs.Chili stole mine! (the second one)
"Do you have a kiss for daddy?"

Oooo, I love this movie!

At 5/20/08, 4:35 PM, Blogger Fred said...

As a teacher, I so appreciate this movie. The kids love it too, so it's withstood the test of time.

At 5/20/08, 5:42 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

"Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in The Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people."

At 5/20/08, 6:04 PM, Anonymous yo miss!, formerly in bushwick said...

"What're YOU in for?"

At 5/20/08, 8:45 PM, Blogger teachergirl said...

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

At 5/20/08, 10:40 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

So here are 2 questions: why do we teachers love this movie so much? And why does that surprise my students so much?

And, an observation: the educators in this movie are all clueless asses, except for (of course) the secretary. Hmmmm.

"When Cameron was in Egypt's laaaaaaaannnnnnd,
Let my.... Cameron.... gooooooooooooooooo."

At 5/21/08, 8:13 AM, OpenID leesepea said...

One that rings in my brain more than once a week in sunny So Cal: "How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?"

What I think of when I'm out, even if it's at a district mandated training session: "You realize that if we played by the rules right now we'd be in gym?"

We love this movie because it is an essential piece of our youth.

The kids don't get that because they don't see that it came out in 1986, they see it as a really cool movie about ditching school for a day.

The movie truly is a timeless classic.

We're just lucky enough that it was released in our time.

At 5/21/08, 10:00 PM, Blogger Mrs. T said...

I love it because it's FUN, it takes place in Chicago, and I'm a huge Matthew Broderick fan. And Jennifer Grey played his siter Genie- love how they always play the "I Dream of Genie" theme song during her scenes. That probably flies over most of the kids' heads.

At 5/22/08, 6:22 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I told my kids that the actors playing the mom and dad really fell in love and got married after this movie. They liked that.

"I weep for the future."

"Papa? Papa??"


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