Film School [@TonyBrainstorms Guest Post]

Great Teachers in Film.

Unanimous: they break the mold of sitting in rows. Students in their classrooms do more than follow instructions. They create. There is a scene with administrators yelling at them. There is a student who doesn’t get it, and the teacher fights for him. There is a scene in which the students fail and it looks really dark. And then they succeed. And then they live lives worth making movies about.

  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • October Sky
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Dangerous Minds

Buried in our collective psyche is the idea that school is supposed to be more than this. It’s time to embark on a journey of educational images. What do we want school to look like? Ask the movies.

Where are the elbow-padded professors, guiding students in lively debate in a wood-paneled office? Where are the students who spend time discussing what they read, because they love to learn, not because they were assigned to?

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