The Teachings of Jon
The Teachings of Jon is an insightful, soul-searching and funny documentary about a brother named Jon, a 40-year old man, severely and profoundly affected by Down Syndrome. He has an IQ of 20, doesn’t talk, and earns less than $13.00 a year. Although Jon may never accomplish much in this world, he has an important purpose here...not necessarily to learn, but to teach.
The program celebrates Jon exactly as he is, rather than focusing on changing Jon to fit into the world. From the opening shot, the film offers an up close and personal look at the realities of living with someone with severe mental retardation. The Teachings of Jon uncovers how this “family secret,” locked away in an institution for the first seven years of his life, became the family treasure. While entertaining, this inspirational story of one family’s journey is also about honesty and redemption, acceptance and growth that offers hope to others.
Tune in October 6 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVW PBS
SOLs: This program addresses the Commonwealth of Virginia’s basic traits of character education.
Program Length: 1 hour