Movies about high-school teachers tend to start sounding the same after awhile. Naïve (and usually white) English teacher (why is it always an…

Movies about high-school teachers tend to start sounding the same after awhile. Naïve (and usually white) English teacher (why is it always an English teacher??) goes off to teach in an underprivileged, ethnically diverse, inner city high school! Discouraged at first, (s)he finds them disrespectful, hateful, and severely lacking in motivation. But after getting to know them, (s)he finds that they’re just troubled young people blah blah (s)he inspires them! Yay! Audience cries!   If not that, then it’s usually a movie filled with teacher stereotypes: the nutty English teacher with incriminating anecdotes, nerdy History teacher with all the “historical” paraphernalia, geeky Science teacher who tells science jokes at every given opportunity…oh wait, I just described my own teachers. Speaking of whom, the real-life counterparts of these movie teachers (at least those I’ve met) can be kind of like their movie versions. Kind of.   I’m planning to conduct a survey before I graduate about how real life high school teachers feel about their portrayal in cheesy, touchy-feely inspirational-type movies and overdone comedies. I mean some of them must cringe at how Hollywood depicts them, right? (Even though I do find these movies kind of amusing sometimes). Some of these movies might have an impact on how we see our teachers. Or maybe that’s just me.   – Allyson