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Film Club: ‘It’s Quitting Season’

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In a five-minute Opinion video “It’s Quitting Season,” Lindsay Crouse and Kirby Ferguson argue that despite what many of us were taught in childhood — that quitters are losers — sometimes the bravest thing you can do is quit. “I’m not saying quit everything. Lots of great things require perseverance — our relationships, our health, our careers,” Ms. Crouse says. “But think about it: Perseverance shouldn’t be a default, it should be a choice.”

Do you agree? When, if ever, is it a good thing to quit?

Students

1. Watch the short film above. While you watch, you might take notes using our Film Club Double-Entry Journal (PDF) to help you remember specific moments.

2. After watching, think about these questions:

  • What questions do you still have?

  • What connections can you make between this film and your own life or experience? Why? Does this film remind you of anything else you’ve read or seen? If so, how and why?

3. An additional challenge | Respond to the essential question at the top of this post: Is quitting a sign of weakness or strength? When, if ever, is it good to quit?

4. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

5. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.

6. To learn more, read “It’s Quitting Season.” Lindsay Crouse and Kirby Ferguson write:

It’s been a brutal few years. But we’ve gritted through. We’ve spent time languishing. We’ve had one giant national burnout. And now, finally, we’re quitting.

We are quitting our jobs. Our cities. Our marriages. Even our Twitter feeds.

And as we argue in the video above, we’re not quitting because we’re weak. We’re quitting because we’re smart.

It echoes what the 18-year-old singer Olivia Rodrigo expresses so profoundly when she laments, “I’m so tired that I might quit my job, start a new life, and they’d all be so disappointed, ’cause who am I if not exploited?” Perhaps it’s fitting that younger Americans like Ms. Rodrigo and the extraordinary Simone Biles are barely old enough to rent a car but they are already teaching us about boundaries. They’ve seen enough hollowed-out millennials to know what the rest of us are learning: Don’t be a martyr to grit.


Want more student-friendly videos? Visit our Film Club column.

Students 13 and older in the United States and Britain, and 16 and older elsewhere, are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

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