I recently received an email from Jay Sugerman, a fourth-grade teacher in Massachusetts, asking me if I knew of any places that had video clips of teachers portrayed on television or in the movies.
I thought it was a good question, and so decided to make a quick “The Best…” list.
I’d also be interested in hearing readers share which TV or movie teachers you feel are the best — and worst — role models out there. Please leave a comment if you have an idea. Also, please share if you have other suggestions of where to find similar clip collections.
Here are my choices for The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In the Movies (I generally only included sites that also had video clips, though I’ve also included several good commentaries, too):
The Onion has a list of 26 evil, awful, or just plain stupid educators in TV and film.
Here’s a good commentary titled Teacher Leadership, Hollywood Style.
The New York Times ran a piece titled Class Distinctions, a response to the “Freedom Writers” movie.
Rethinking Schools had a similar column, Freedom Writers: White Teacher to the Rescue.
This is an interesting analysis of teachers in the movies over the past sixty years. You can see a chart showing class, race and gender.
Films and School Reform by Larry Cuban and Depictions of Education in Film at Learning First both provide good commentary on “hero” teachers in movies about schools, as does Saviors and Burnouts: Rethinking Teachers in Popular Culture from Rethinking Schools.
Top 10 Movie Teachers of the Year is from Reelz.
For some fun, check out the Most memorable teachers from Bollywood.
Edutopia has published a great round-up of teacher movie portrayals: Five-Minute Film Festival: Hollywood Teachers.
Not So Hot for Teacher is a very interesting New York Times article about the portrayal of teachers in movies and in TV.
Forget ‘Won’t Back Down’ – Here Are Some Movies Educators DO Love is from NEA Today.
Back to School: 10 Great Movie Teachers is a nice video collection from TIME Magazine.
Quote Of The Day: “2014 Resolution: Stop Watching Feel-Good Teacher Movies”
Appreciating pop culture’s greatest teachers is from The Washington Post.
What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching is from NPR.
20 years later, Dangerous Minds is still pretty silly—and ugly is from Slate. After I tweeted out the link, Adeyemi Stembridge shared this hilarious parody clip:
The Moments In Between: What They Never Show in Teacher Movies is by Liz Prather.
Here’s a very young Morgan Freeman demonstrating a fun classroom game:
Editorial: What We Can Learn From a Teacher on Netflix is from NBC News.
Hollywood’s Reductive Narratives About School is from The Atlantic.
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