Lean on Me and Mr. Joe Clark Essay

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Lean on Me is a movie that focuses on an abrasive and tough principal that has been called to whip the underprivileged inner city school of Eastside High into shape to avoid being run by the state as opposed to the local school board. This movie brought about the controversial character of Mr. Joe Clark was played by Morgan Freeman.
This film was released on March 3, 1989. Lean on Me was Morgan Freeman’s first major motion picture film where he stars as the lead role. This movie is loosely centered on Joe Clark, a real life principal from Paterson, New Jersey, who, just as the fictional character of Mr. Joe Clark, is a tough, hard, aggressive and abrasive. The fictional character of Joe Clark, who was also nicknamed “Crazy Joe”, was
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Lean on Me is a movie that focuses on an abrasive and tough principal that has been called to whip the underprivileged inner city school of Eastside High into shape to avoid being run by the state as opposed to the local school board. This movie brought about the controversial character of Mr. Joe Clark was played by Morgan Freeman.
This film was released on March 3, 1989. Lean on Me was Morgan Freeman’s first major motion picture film where he stars as the lead role. This movie is loosely centered on Joe Clark, a real life principal from Paterson, New Jersey, who, just as the fictional character of Mr. Joe Clark, is a tough, hard, aggressive and abrasive. The fictional character of Joe Clark, who was also nicknamed “Crazy Joe”, was bought to Eastside High School from an elementary school after being the former principal 20 years ago. He was called to help raise the student’s basic skill test scores. The state has set a minimum basic requirements for the skills test and this high school scored poorly. He goes about this nearly impossible task by attempting to get rid of the problem students, the drug dealers, gang members, and all around trouble makers, in mass. This of course leads to many upset parents. He also made it mandatory that everyone was able to recite the school song at the drop of a dime. If you were not able to perform the task, there would be consequences. Everyone wanted him out. The day after the mass expulsion, one of the now former students of