As a senior, she ran for student body president and lost. Long Beach, where Wilson High School was located, had more than 100 murders in 1993. To make matters worse, as a student teacher Erin still had to pay tuition to the California State University at Long Beach. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The line was wrapped around the space and she spoke individually to each person, took photos and was very gracious.
Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. We ordered 100 books and actually ran out. You are heroes every day. How do I know that your not a bad person standing up there? In the movie, we see Hilary Swank wearing valuable pearls into her classroom. As depicted in the film, the real Miep Gies did come to speak to Erin's students after they raised enough money to fly her from Amsterdam.
So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students lives. Did Erin really get chalk dust on her backside on her first day? We bonded strongly over how those stories affected us. Racial and gang tension had peaked and a record 126 murders had occurred in Long Beach that year. Eva: It's a sign of respect. Several of them, including Maria Reyes, have traveled around the country speaking about their story.
Gruwell founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. They just wiped out everybody else. These individuals include Renee Firestone, Eddie Ilam, Elisabeth Mann, and Gloria Ungar. I heard that an actor in the movie Freedom Writers was killed in real life? She encouraged them to rethink rigid beliefs about themselves and others, to reconsider daily decisions, and to rechart their futures. While in high school Erin tried to get involved with many different clubs and stuff. All this rivalry is more of a tradition. In the movie Freedom Writers, Hilary Swank's character lives with her husband Scott, played by actor Patrick Dempsey Grey's Anatomy.
And instead of the big lips he had a really big nose, like a rat's nose. Her topic was extremely relatable to our attendees as their mission is to positively influence their students, and make the educational experience for them as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Because you call your a teacher. He experienced segregation up close as he traveled with fellow African American players who had to drink out of different water fountains and eat in different sections of restaurants. Eva: White people wanting their respect like its for free. And these drawings were put in the newspapers by the most famous gang in history. Erin Gruwell helped 150 of her students - many of whom were written off by the education system - to use the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school and attend college.
A classroom identical to the '93 Wilson High School room was recreated on a soundstage. How did Erin and her students come up with the name Freedom Writers? That's how a holocaust happens. As a result of their dedication to the Foundation, they see a lot of each other and their former mentor. No, no, no, young man, no. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider their own daily decisions, and ultimately, re-chart their future. I have watched men pistol-whip their girlfriends or smash their heads through car windows. With Erin's steadfast support, her students shattered stereotypes to become critical thinkers, aspiring college students and citizens for change.
She packed the lecture theater, connected with the audience so effectively and students stood up and talked about their struggles academically in trying to earn their degree. In 2000, she ran for Congress in District 38, but did not win. School was very much a safety zone and that's it. Besides gang violence, domestic violence or spousal abuse is common. Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms.
I am not a hero. She keeps changing it up for our different audiences. In the movie, the caricature is of Jamal Hill Deance Wyatt. And rather than picking up a pen and finding a solution, they turned to guns and bombs instead. He had planned to take his teacher and his grandmother to the Freedom Writers movie premiere. Recently, Erin's teaching methods from her time in Room 203 have been published in the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide. She challenged her students to overcome the seemingly insurmountable problems of poverty, racism, and violence.