Little to no emphasis is placed on harnessing genuine critical thought in our K through 12 public schools. And mature social discourse, self-reflection and cognitive empathy -- the very kind Hughes demonstrated in The Breakfast Club -- are rendered irrelevant.
On the set, Hughes did not conceal his enthusiasm about your work, as some directors feel they must. I have worked on some comedy films where the director was the least funny person on the set. Hughes was funny.
Fighting at the lockers, crying in the restroom, avoiding bullies, defending your outfit to a principal who thinks all students should be cookie-cutter preppies -- what kid, black or white, couldn't relate to that?