6 Unforgettable Movie Teachers and What We Learned From Them


Teachers Appreciation Week: Think your child's teacher is a nightmare? Things could be worse!

We all know that teachers are the mind-molding individuals watching over our children on a daily basis. In fact, because this week is “National Teacher Appreciation Week,’ there are companies, blogs, and school boards everywhere applauding educators this week. However, it’s important to remember that teachers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, teaching methods, and mood swings.

Where many are focused on the heart-warming stories of inspirational teachers who are often the unappreciated, overworked educators of our dysfunctional youth, I decided to take a different approach to this subject. So in honor of ‘National Teacher Appreciation Week,’ here are six movies that highlight the best, funniest, coolest and craziest teachers ever depicted in film.

Freedom Writers

Watch a clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PahVp7p3XHg&feature=player_detailpage

Some of us know of or have had teachers like Ms. Gruwell. Based on a true story, Ms. Gruwell (Hilary Swank) gets her non-complaint students to do what others think is impossible, recognize their similarities as teenagers and as human beings. In this moving film, we see the compelling stories of inner-city youth and their daily struggles, many of which Ms. Gruwell helps them overcome.

High School High

Watch a clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cZNst3e4aUU

Many of us shook our heads when this type of teacher walked into the classroom because we knew he was dead meat. In this comedic spoof of various do-gooder teacher films, such as Lean On Me, and Dangerous Minds Richard Clark (Jon Lovitz) stars as yet another teacher in a dangerous inner-city school. Clarks arrives with rays of sunshine and far too many good intentions as he struggles to capture his students’ attention and change them into model citizens.

Bad Teachers

Watch the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEfHZYr1Qes&feature=player_detailpage

Some of us know there are teachers who absolutely hate their jobs. It radiates from every eye-roll, every snippy comment they have for us. Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) in Bad Teachers depicts some of the more irreverent teachers children encounter in the classrooms. In fact, Elizabeth could care less about her job as an educator, at first. Eventually, things change and she is forced to live up her to responsibilities in this hilarious film.

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