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Re: “Swan Songs and Such

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

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Posted by Oafling on 03/12/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “The Gut-Wrenching Mentor

I'll reserve judgment until I see the movie myself, which I will assay to do. I can say, after living in the greater Cleveland area for 24 years and then moving back here to Indy 12 years ago, I've never seen or heard anyone claim Mentor was "a perfect place", nor did it ever claim to be. I lived there myself from 1989 to 1994 and my step-daughter graduated from Mentor High School.
I can see how some of the things the movie apparently depicts came to happen. During the time I was there Mentor had unprecedented growth (it's about 20 miles due east of downtown Cleveland) and became a huge retail and smaller to medium business center. Consequently the number of students at Mentor High exploded (at one point being the biggest in the entire state), along with its athletic programs. The sports teams became better, as did the social standing and esteem of the athletes. It's pretty easy to follow the dots from there. Couple that with a school that grew faster than it services for students could keep up and, as usually occurs in the U.S. when this happens, it becomes a recipe for disaster.

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Posted by Oafling on 01/21/2015 at 7:09 PM

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