In a recent article for The New York Times, Motoko Rich pointed a finger at the entertainment industry for using the “mundane teacher” or “awe-inspiring teacher” trope one too many times. It is commonplace that we see teachers of every level caricaturized until people start to believe that every teacher they encounter will either be mind-numbingly dull like the economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” according to Rich, or impossibly remarkable like Robin Williams’ character in “Dead Poets Society.” Both expectations are seldom what anyone experiences in the classroom. That is not as bad as people think and neither type of teacher should be the expectation going into a classroom. Our expectations have become wholly unrealistic, so rather than measuring teachers up to these impossible standards or lowering our expectations because we expect a nightmare, we should focus less on Hollywood’s depiction and more on the factors that aid Hollywood’s unreasonable depiction and perception of educators, in particular public educators.

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