David Robinson, a former NBA basketball player known in sports circles as "The Admiral," is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a reputation as a family-oriented man with a strong moral code. In a program aimed at high school students, Robinson talks frankly and openly about some of the tough issues today's kids face, including drugs, hate, racism, love, and spirituality. He pulls no punches, telling about mistakes he's made and about the problems he had "fitting in" socially when he was a teen. Throughout the program, Robinson reveals himself to be an articulate, intelligent, sensitive, honest man who just happens to be earning a cool $66 million as an athlete.
Robinson's parents, Freda and Ambrose, talk about how they raised David and his siblings with an emphasis on honesty, on valuing education, and on using the racism they experienced as a motivation to succeed and excel, not as a reason to hate.
The program features focus groups of teens in Denver and New York who talk about their thoughts and feelings on each topic Robinson covers. Also, as a bonus feature, the program includes Q&A segments titled 'Hey, David!' in which Robinson answers questions presented by the teenagers.
In the Classroom with David Robinson covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including ELL, Health & PE, Language Arts, Media/Technology, and Social Studies for Grades 6-12. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district is using, use our Standards Alignment tool.
We encourage teachers to prescreen this DVD and consider if some of the discussion is not suited for the maturity level of their particular students.
David Robinson is a role model that my students truly identified with. As a teacher of several troubled students, viewing the video with them and being able to discuss it and issues affecting them personally, made for an unbelievably tender teaching moment. I plan to continue to use the video with future classes that I teach (that is if my colleagues ever return it!).
Kellie Wilfong English/Lang. Arts - 9,10 Hughes Stem High School, Cincinnati, OH
This is an excellent video and David Robinson captured my students attention and did a great job getting the messages across to the students.
Tamara Harvey English/Lang. Arts - 6,7,8,9,10 The Academy At Charlotte Tech Center, Port Charlotte, FL