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       The film, How Difficult Can This Be?, takes a humorous but heartbreaking look into the world of student’s with learning disabilities in the modern American public school classroom. Filmmaker and Learning Disabilities Consultant Richard Lavoie leads a group of teachers, special educators, parents, and other field experts through a workshop simulating the classroom experience of the student with learning disabilities. Through exercises, group activities, and dramatic classroom reenactments, the group experiences the frustration, anxiety, and tension that the learning disabled student goes through everyday. Using layman’s terms and a dose of humor, Richard Lavoie illustrates many of the thought processes of the learning disabled student, the obstacles teachers face, and some helpful[...]

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Rat Race (2001) directed by Jerry Zucker In this hilarious update of the Hollywood classic, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, six teams race around the country, competing against each other and the clock to be the first to find a two million dollar prize. Laughter boosts immunity, releases endorphins and relaxes the body—just what you need when you’re in the middle of a stressful time. (You can read more about laughter’s health benefits here.) Rat Race also shows how high pressure circumstances can turn even the most calm and rational person into a bumbling, anxiety-ridden wreck. In between laughs, it might be worth considering how sometimes putting too much pressure on ourselves can[...]