Talk to your kids about…
The Great Debaters
The issue of learning how to fight using non-violent methods is one of the themes raised in this film. How did debating help these students to value themselves?
This movie is based on a true story, but features a mix of historical and fictional characters (research indicates there was no woman on the initial 1935 team). What are the “tradeoffs” between historical accuracy and dramatic license? Do you think fictionalizing historical events might risk creating “urban legends” or altering people’s perceptions of historical fact? Would sticking to just the facts make for a boring movie?