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Teacher Movies

March 12, 2007 1 min read
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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.

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