One of the highlights of early years in my teaching career was teaching Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol each December in English I. After 18 years teaching freshman comp. in college, I relived that early high school experience this year for the first time in 20 years when I last read Dickens with ninth graders at Lafayette High in 1994 or 1995.
Better yet 20 years later in this career’s rebirth: the Internet and a Promethean Board. And George C. Scott’s 1984 film rendition of Scrooge that’s right there on YouTube for all the world to see (and download for free).
So after wading through the text last week, and succumbing to my Freshmen’s demands—-“We want to see the movie!”—-we spent parts of three class periods this week viewing the movie. I was surprised at how attentively they watched and listened!
That 1984 standard definition film to them must have the same visual impact on them as the black and white classic film I grew up with. But what that tells me is encouraging: Dickens’ story is timeless! Standard def, high def, color or B&W: the heart-warming tale won’t be captivated by medium or mode of delivery.
The spirit of Christmas endures!
And so, Tiny Tim’s closing echoes across the ages: “God bless us all, every one!”