Watch This, Do That: School of Rock

Do you remember this electric Jack Black film from 2003? It’s time for your cool tweens and teens to get a taste of classic rock. Failed rockstar Dewey Finn needs to make rent and he decides to become a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school. When he discovers that the kids have musical talents, he decides to turn the classroom into a rock band in order to win an upcoming Battle of the Bands contest.

The kids have a lot to learn about rock and roll, but there are plenty of life lessons in School of Rock. Here are a few to discuss at home.

  • Stand up for yourself. Dewey teaches the kids on how to “stick it to the man.” While your kids shouldn’t insult others as depicted in the scene, talk about other ways they can express their opinions when they feel like they are being treated unfairly.
  • Let loose. In the film, many of the students feel pressured by their parents to live up to unrealistic expectations. The rock band allows them to have fun and be young. Explain to your kids how life doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s OK if things are messy from time to time! They should embrace it.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work. As Dewey forms the band, he tells the students that there’s a lot of work that needs to happen in order for the band to shine. The kids take on different roles such as stylist, tech crew and band manager. It also shows us you need to work well with others in order to be successful as a team.

Movie-inspired activities

Now that you’ve seen School of Rock, try these screen-free activities inspired by the film:

Have a Watch This, Do That idea you want to share with our readers? Send your idea to editor@chicagoparent.com with your suggestion for a movie. We’d love to share your idea on ChicagoParent.com.


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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Chicago Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.
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