Based on the life of controversial High School basketball coach Ken Carter, who made national news in 1999 when he benched his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance. The coach forfeited two league games and made the gym off-limits until students raised their grades, a move that drew praise and criticism from parents and school officials.
- Do you agree with Coach Carter’s strict disciplinary techniques? Why or why not?
- Coach Carter must walk a fine line between father and coach when coaching his son Damien. Does he walk this line effectively? How so?
- Coach Carter holds his student-athletes to high academic standards. Why is this important for him to do?
- When Timo Cruz wants to be back on the team, why is it important that Coach Carter gives him a second chance?
- How does playing basketball help Kenyon Stone and his priorities in life?
- Even though the team does not win the championship on the scoreboard at the end, what other ways do they succeed as a team?
What Parents Need To Know
Parents need to know that Coach Carter has some mature material, including an out-of-wedlock teen pregnancy and a discussion of abortion. There is some strong language, but the movie includes a very worthwhile discussion of the n-word and whether it is appropriate for African-Americans to use a word that would make them angry if used by a white person. The film is frank about the kinds of violence inner-city neighborhoods are subjected to, including shooting. A character is killed. There is some material relating to drug-dealing.
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