In a recent article in the New York Times, a high school history teacher argued that movies like “Freedom Writers” create unrealisti—and even hazardous—expectations for educators. In a discussion about the article, some members of the Teacher Leaders Network emphatically agreed, suggesting that teacher-hero movies diminish the achievements of real teachers and can lead to a skewed perspective on the teaching life.
What’s your view? Do Hollywood portrayals of educators do a disservice to the teaching profession? Or are they inspirational? Which teacher movies stand out for you?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.