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12 Years A Slave Is More Than Oscar Worthy — It's Going To Be Mandatory In Schools!

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12 Years A Slave may or may not win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday, but it already won a much bigger honor.

The National School Boards Association is partnering with the filmmakers and Penguin Books to make both the movie and the book on which it is based part of public high school curriculum!

Montel Williams, who led a similar effort with the 1989 Civil War film Glory, is the mastermind behind the educational effort. He said:

"12 Years a Slave is one of the most impactful films in recent memory, and I am honored to have been able to bring together Fox Searchlight and National School Boards Association to maximize its educational potential. When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool. This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future, and I’m proud to be a part of that."

Director Steve McQueen may be prouder of this achievement than any other award the film could garner. He said:

"Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation."

This seems like a good idea to us.

Seeing the horrors of American slavery in a modern film is going to be much more impactful than simply reading a dry description in a history book.

Especially when those horrors are enacted on such charming actors as Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor!

So moving!

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9 comments to “12 Years A Slave Is More Than Oscar Worthy — It's Going To Be Mandatory In Schools!”

  1. 1

    Good grief, doesn't ghetto schools have enough problems. So glad my kids go to private schools, don't have to put up with this crap. IF YOU HAVE TO MAKE PEOPLE WATCH IT, ITS NOT WORTH WATCHING.

  2. sickening says – reply to this


    Disgusting comments here. Shows exactly why it's needed. Ignorance at it's finest

  3. 3

    Why??????? There are other more important things in US history to learn than this garbage.

  4. TMS says – reply to this


    It's going to be hard to incorporate the Bush blame into something that happened in the 1800s. Who am I kidding, the liberals will still somehow manage it.

  5. 5

    Re: sickening – then you watch it. I watched Roots twice it was good no one had to make it mandatory.

    that PROVES the movies SUCKS, otherwise why would you need to make a movie MANDATORY

  6. the rail says – reply to this


    Why not show american kids a film and book about the arabic slave trade? The moslem slave trade of blacks. Its a sad world when millions of black americans do NOT know that arabs and berbers enslaved blacks from 750AD to …….. today. A far longer slave trade (mauritaniaaaa only outlawed black slavery RECENTLY. It outlived apartheid). And unlike white americans, the arabs never created a black oprah or black president (they dont create successful blacks there. They just forced religion on them under the threat of death and then left them to die in a desert).

  7. The Rail says – reply to this


    Many american kids do not know that slavery was practiced in african tribal cultures and still is today in bantu/pygmy culture. Why not teach black kids about the native american slave trade of blacks and subsequent slave revolts against the native nation? Why not teach them about white on white slavery (iceland for example) or arab on white slavery? Whites were slaves too. We just got over it, apparently. Why teach them about SHIIIIT THEY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT? Thats not teaching!! Thats a needle stuck in a record groove. Blacks dont even know that a black governmental leader in africa apologized to black americans for his tribe's role in slavery. Teach american kids that the black arabized janjaweed are still catching blacks today. Teach them stuff they dont know. Or just focus on teaching them english. Schools failed there.

  8. The Rail says – reply to this


    Why not teach kids MODERN truths that they are never taught. Teach them that there are groups monitoring MODERN slavery. There is a group that ranks countries by how much slavery exists in them today. At the top of the list is Mauritania (a non white country. Muslem). Second is Haiti (a black country. Christian. Child slavery). 3rd is pakistan.. Another muslim country. The countries with the least slavery is the UK and iceland (iceland, one of the whitest countries on earth).

  9. The Rail says – reply to this


    Countries with the highest prevalence of most modern slavery (from forced labor to sex labor etc): mauritania, haiti, pakistan, india, nepal, moldova, benin, cote d lvoire, gambia and gabon. ——————— Countries with the least modern slavery (as ranked by anti slave watchdog groups): denmark, finland, luxembourg, norway, sweden, noway (inside joke), switzerland, new zealand, UK, Ireland, iceland. Why not teach american kids about "white angel" instead of always "white devil". Teach them that slavery is still being practiced. It never ended. Especially not in black and moslem countries. Its worldwide.