'Ken Burns: The Address'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: At Greenwood School in Vermont, its students, boys, ages 11 to 17, are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. These boys all suffer from learning differences that have made their progress extremely challenging. Interweaving the history of this famous American speech with the journey of the boys, 'The Address' reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln's words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.
DVD Verdict: Believe me when I say that you will find this story highly moving, and totally beyond all scope of what you thought you were visually entering into. And if you happen to have a child (or children) with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, etc. you will most certainly find what is revealed and discussed as wholly inspiring.
Basically, 'The Address' enlarges and examines what is a common occurrence throughout our schooling system: When the kids leave the schools where do they go if they are not, shall we say, at the top of their God-given game?
The major question raised is doe kids with learning difficulties have to descend downwards at that exact moment they leave school and end up in the prison system? So 'The Address' focuses on an alternative institute named Greenwood School. Ken Burns has raised much awareness in the past with these such documentaries and this time is no exception.
His awareness that a creative, passionate, determined, kind, caring, and dedicated group of people with a leader and a vision proves that change and success are possible is awe inspiring, to say the least.
Having been in existence for some 35 years now, Greenwood School sets a great example out of valuing every student and giving them the opportunity to value themselves. The latter being the all-important aspect of teaching, of course.
In short, Greenwood School is a dream come true for so many kids, and parents alike. And Mr. Burns? Well, I think we all owe such a huge debt of thanks to him for all his documentaries, don't you agree? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.