I was interested in the quote hanging in Dr. Larabee's office and found it online:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.There's some real truth in there - especially in the context of Akeelah being ashamed of her gifts because she's teased at school for being a "brainiac" and she has a hard time "fitting in".
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous.
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us -- it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others
On a side note, I enjoyed the little plug in the movie for studying Latin to help you appreciate and understand words better. It really struck me that today, aside from homeschooling and a few charter schools, you pretty much have to be enrolled in a private academy to have the opportunity to study Latin in school. Our local public high school, which is about as good as public schools get, doesn't even offer Latin (you can take Spanish, German, French or Japenese). What a shame. Perhaps it is up to homeschoolers to grow up to be teachers and bring Latin back to the public schools.