Mrs. Jacobs: Mr. Holland, it has come to my attention that you are teaching the students rock and roll.
Mr. Holland: Is this a problem?
Gene: "Is this a problem"? Yes, I think so. Our only job is to teach. We cannot teach and our students cannot learn if there is no discipline.
Mr. Holland: I'm sorry, what exactly is your point, Gene?
Gene: My point is, rock and roll by its nature leads to a breakdown in discipline.
Mr. Holland: What would you like me to do? Deny that rock and roll exists?
Gene: What I am — What we are saying is that you should be pushing the classics Brahms, Mozart, Stravinsky.
Mr. Holland: Stravinsky was the music of the Russian Revolution, if you want to talk about a breakdown in discipline.
Gene: You are deliberately exaggerating.
Mr. Holland: How about the Kingston Trio, Gene? How about Sing Along With Mitch?
Mrs. Jacobs: Oh, please! I just a minute, gentlemen. Mr. Holland, I do not want to interfere in the curriculum of any teacher. But next week I have a meeting with the school board. And there are people in this community who believe that rock and roll is a message sent from the devil himself. Now when that issue comes up, what can 1 tell them?
Mr. Holland: Mrs. Jacobs, you tell them that I am teaching music, and that I will use anything from Beethoven to Billie Holiday to rock and roll, if I think it'll help me teach a student to love music.
Mrs. Jacobs: That's a reasonable answer, Mr. Holland. I can tell them that.