A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog entry explaining why I don’t like movies about teaching, but a recent NYT editorial, responding to the upcoming release of Freedom Writers, articulates the problem with these films far better than I did. In the editorial Tom Moore describes what he calls “The Myth of the Great Teacher,” and I think he’s right to criticize the film for portraying teachers as missionaries rather than professionals, willing to sacrifice themselves (and even financial compensation) for the sake of education. Not much to add here. I’m mostly blogging as a form of procrastination from the writing I ought to be doing.
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