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Remember the Titans
Bianca Pointeron 1 September 2014
Transcript of Remember the Titans
Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations, in sight of the Washington Monument over the river in the nation's capital. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate.
The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other.
Remember the Titans
Coach Yoast mimics the Democratic Leadership Style. He encourages the players to believe in themselves, and they all have vital roles in making the team successful.
Has his team members in top priority.
Gives chances to the players to make their own decisions.
He later adopted some part of Coach Boone's leadership style when he saw it was effective. He started to be a little bit more demanding and precise with his commands.
An exceptional leader, leads by example and isn’t partial to a certain group.
Fought to remove his own racial biases.
he achieves a level of open-mindness few leaders exhibit once he removed his racial biases.
Sees Julius as his own brother and demonstrate his peace with other races with hopes for the the world to see.
At first , he cares for only “his people” and isn’t very welcoming of working with other that are outside what he believes is his team.
After working through his racial biases, he becomes a leader who acts by example.
He works with Gerry to separate feuds in the school and tries to motivate their friends to see that there is no point in fighting for differences that are of no importance or relevant consequence.
Individually, the players recognize the fears of each other. They also begin to recognize individually, how those fears prevent them from working with their teammate. To grow individually, the players were placed in leadership roles, received positive feedback on their progress.
Individual and Group Growth
Ray was not in favor of the integration of the team. He joins the grroup with a negative attitude and does not allow himself to see optimism in the process. In the counseling realm, ray wasn't given the chance to have any airtime, or a chance to work through his prejeduices.
Ethical Considerations/ Implementations
One of the techniques that was very effective to achieve the group members to get together was the mixing of the buses. That gave them a taste of what they eventually would become, which was one team.
The room arrangements were also an effective technique forcing them to get personal, there is nothing more personal that sharing a room with another individual and with time whether you want it or not some form of bond forms in the day- to- day living with each other.
Psychologist Gordon Allport proposed 4 criteria for successful contact and reduction of prejudice between two disparate groups.
One point that he made was that for stereotypes to really be eliminated, each group must see members of the group as separate individuals and not simply as a representative of the entire group.
Leaders & Leadership Styles
The group gradually reached cohesiveness through a series self-examination, group activities, and leadership roles.
In sports, and in group counseling, it is important to reduce racism by:
1. Group members must have equal status within the group
2. Common goals that the group must work together to acheive
3. See individuals, not just members of a group
4. Supportive Authority
5. Pay attention to how members respond to the transitions of the group. Physical cues could be easily overlooked.
One of the most essential stages, the storming stage, takes place during the transition. During this stage, the players begin competing with each other in order to find their place on the team.
"Black folks have never had anything in this city to call their own except humiliation and despair."
Examples of racism: Aggressive and nonaggressive forms
Cultural incidendences: homosexuality
Coach Boone's technique is effective because it forces the players to see individual differences among the members of the group, thus, stereotypes become meaningless.
Coach Boone’s leadership style seems to be a straightforward authoritarian leadership, by providing clear expectations for what needs to be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done.
Coach Boone seems to uphold stringent control over the players by directly regulating rules, methodologies, and actions.
Coach Boone’s leadership style was effective. It brought a whole time out of their black/white mentality and made them think as a unit.
It helped the team see that they had more to gain if they work together. It might have been in a rough manner but it was the one that was the most efficient to get the job done.
In this stage, the team meet each other for the first time. Coach Boone identifies a clear leadership role, letting the teams know what his relationship was to them. The forming stage of group continues when the players are leaving for summer camp and they sit on the buses with their specific race.
In this stage, a clear role of leadership and unity was revealed among the players and the coaches. it shows the cohesiveness between the two undefined group leaders begin to form.
In the final game the group’s cohesiveness is shown as they are completely unified. They stop looking at each other as teammates and start regarding each other as friends and even brothers.
Coach Tyrell, remains coopertative for the hope that Coach Yoast will regain his position back as the head coach. As a counselor, one should make sure members are progressing as a result of the group work and cohesion, and not for the satisfaction of the counselor.
Although the techniques Coach Boone implemented were obviously effective, they are not completely ethical to some degree. As a therapist in training we need to have in mind that although a strategy might look like the perfect one, it might not always be the most ethical and that is something we need to be careful about.
Some ethical considerations would include: Parental Consulation, and understanding cultural and diverse populations.
Collectively, the team broke down fears that were barriers in their growth. The group members begin to identify with one another and see similarities, such as the team members who enjoy music. Friendships are formed as individual prejudices are removed.