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What is the purpose of education according to Mr. Keating?

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Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Jun 23, 2019

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C. Perez

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C. PerezWriter, Writer, Cleveland
Writer, Writer, Cleveland

Answered on Jun 23, 2019

Mr. Keating is the main character in the i189 movie, “Dead Poets Society.” Robin Williams played the role. Mr. Keating teaches English to his students. Mr. Keating teaches way more than classroom works. He encourages his students to live an extraordinary life.

He encourages them to embrace their individuality and create their thought and to be a voice for themselves. Mr. Keating teaches them to stick to their own beliefs even when there’s pressure from others. He encourages them to find their stride. To Mr. Keating, the purpose of education was to learn to think for oneself.

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J. Harty

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J. HartyWriter, M.A, Chula Vista
Writer, M.A, Chula Vista

Answered on May 17, 2019

Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams, is the main character is the 1989 movie, “Dead Poets Society,” The film takes place at an elite boy’s boarding school in Vermont. In the Fall of 1959 several young men are introduced and taken aback by their English teacher, John Keating. Mr. Keating encourages his students to embrace life and make every day and every experience extraordinary.

He encourages individuality, trying new things, and not fearing being oneself, no matter what and to him, the purpose of education is to think for yourself. It is unfortunate that the old practices hold fast, a student is removed from the school, and he commits suicide. There is a cover-up of the exact scenario regarding the student’s death, Mr. Keating is blamed for the situation and is released from his position.

As he leaves the school the students rally around him and tell them that they were forced to sign a letter blaming him for the boy’s death; however, he leaves with the truth, which helps him realize that he was not involved in the event.

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Wyatt Williams

Wyatt Williams

Answered on Sep 04, 2018

To think as individuals
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