Hollywood loves an inspirational teacher. You can make a flow chart of student/teacher movies, all ending with inspiring music and kids who have learned a lot about art/literature/math and a little something about life.
Some top picks:
- Blackboard Jungle: 'Rock Around the Clock' is the devil!
- To Sir, with Love: Hey, wasn't that teacher a teen delinquent in that other movie?
- Stand and Deliver: My calc teacher hoped we would be like this; too bad we weren't troublemakers and didn't really care about math, either.
- Dead Poets Society: Oh Captain, my Captain!
- Dangerous Minds: Been spending most our lives living in an Amish paradi--oh wait.
But these are just movies, maybe inspired (haha) by some true stories. For real life inspiring teachers, you have to look a little deeper. You have to be willing to take a little more than a sappy life cliche. You've gotta be called fuckers.
This wasn't my professor, but I loved him. He was really there for his students, encourages them to go out there and make some art (film, specifically), and was open to different points of view. But he was also badass. From the syllabus:
"Attendance: Ya gotta show up and don't be tardy. If not, it is your ass.
Look here I can not stand this late shit. I am not going to repeat myself
because folks keep coming late. Screw that shit. Get ya asses to
Another direct quote: "If people keep being late, I'm gonna start
Sure, talking about poetry and tearing up books is great. But when it comes down to it, kids need to be smacked around a little. Maybe KevEv didn't dance with his students at the end of the year, but he's got their backs.