Teachers have been in the news a lot lately. So it’s no surprise that Hollywood is responding. I’m just not sure this is what I thought their response would look like.
But trailers for two new movies has me a little bit antsy. What will this mean for our new teacher stereotypes? And what kind of backlash can we expect them to spawn?
It’s not that I don’t think these movies look like fun. They do. In fact, I’m sure I’ll be getting vicarious thrills (as I’m sure will other teachers) from watching their antics.
However, there are a wide range of people who have a hard time separating truth from fiction, and what will they learn from these movies? Apparently, if you’re a skinny and attractive teacher, (at least that rules me out) you’re also a stoner or a drunk who hates their students and comes to class messed up.
These cases of teachers who go too far when criticizing their students, again will turn into harsh criticisms of the educational system at large and, somehow, never talk about real issues of educational reform.
Really, these trailers make me afraid that people will be encouraged to think the worse-case-scenario. That some people will use this as an excuse to believe that all teachers are so immature that they can’t enjoy something in their personal lives (i.e. drinking/smoking/whatever) without meaning that they will indulge irresponsibly on school/work days.
What does that say about how we view our own daily vices, the non-life-threatening ones. Must we all be scared that a drink after work makes us alcoholics?
Obviously, this is just my cold-reading of these trailers (and the future) and I hope that each movie has some kind of structuring to allow some kind of positive discussions to come out of their comedy.
Let’s just say, I’m not holding my breath.