Talk a lot, talk a little more

“For this smart and confident film, thick with useful information conveyed with cinematic verve, lays out in comprehensive but always understandable detail the argument that the meltdown of 2008 was no unfortunate accident.” –Kenneth Turan, LA Times film critic

This was just one sentence from a review of the documentary “Inside Job,” directed by Charles Ferguson and narrated by Matt Damon. This film takes an inside look at what Ferguson believed caused the financial crisis that we still are dealing with today.

In Monday’s class, we watched this film and then discussed our thoughts and opinions of it after the movie had concluded. Some students were crying and angered, but some were optimistic. After watching this film and discussing it with my peers, it was interesting to see the conclusions that we all came to and how something that people take for granted easily, such as watching a video, probably changed our whole prospective on government, large investment companies and large financial institutions.

My classmates at The Philadelphia Center

Here in Philadelphia, we have done this quite often and not only with movies. We have discussed topics such as race, equality, homelessness, values, etc. We aren’t encouraged to think or believe a certain way but simply to listen to the ideas and views of others.

What I have noticed from the several topics we have discussed here is that when you have a dialogue, it can be so much more successful when, rather than debating on a topic, you consider each others’ opinions regardless of whether or not you agree with them.

We can accomplish so much if we just talk and don’t argue. Encouraging students to discuss difficult conversations now is key to helping students learn what to do as they grow older. Hanover encourages classrooms to have those difficult conversations, and the best way to do this is to come into class, college, club meetings and practices with an open mind. Don’t be quick to judge or critique another person’s opinion.

Don’t abuse the opportunity to discuss in a classroom setting because that is when you have the chance to broaden your horizons, and learn more about the world around you.

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