Classic lessons in kickass confidence.

classic lessons in kickass confidence

I am a frequent guest contributor on Classic Movie Hub about classic movie characters with kickass confidence. Each of these characters has inspired me. I hope that they inspire you too.

This week’s post is about Mark Thackeray. (portrayed by Sidney Poitier).

As an unemployed engineer looking for work, Mark Thackeray takes a temporary position as a teacher in the tough East End of London.

Thackeray’s students come from disruptive homes, so the one place where they take control is in the classroom. As an unruly mob, their goal is to ride roughshod over the teachers.

Mark Thackeray wins this battle of wills by taking a new approach: treat the students as adults. He throws out all the textbooks and allows the students to ask questions about real life. He also teaches survival skills, such as preparing an easy and inexpensive meal.

Thackeray gets high marks for kickass confidence, not only for his own ability to adapt and thrive in the world, but in passing these same skills on to a new generation, too.

His focus outside himself on the needs of his students earns trust, respect and, without doubt, their love.

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