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SUBJECTS — U.S./1913-1929; Religion/Christianity;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Male Role Model;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring; Citizenship.
Age: 10-12; Not rated; Drama; 1938; 94 minutes; B & W.
This film is a fictionalized account of the founding of Boys Town by Father Flanagan (1886 - 1948). Since 1917, Boys Town has provided refuge for delinquent and troubled youth.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Boys Town will help teachers and parents use the movie to demonstrate the character of a selfless man who believed that there is no such thing as a bad boy. Father Flanagan made a difference in the lives of thousands of troubled young people. The movie, supplemented with information and discussion questions in the Learning Guide will provide an excellent introduction to the perennial debate between those who believe that wayward youth can be helped with education and compassion and those who believe that punishment is the only remedy for delinquent behavior.
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Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, as it was originally called, was begun in 1917 and moved to Overlook Farm in 1921. The residents voted to change the name to Boys Town in 1926. Boys Town has continued to expand and change its concept to adapt to the times. It has accepted girls since 1979. Boys Town serves children who have personal or family problems, or who have suffered emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
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