Edward James Olmos delivers an Academy-Award-winning standout performance in this biopic about Jaime Escalante, a high school math teacher who encourages his disenfranchised and disenchanted East LA students to learn calculus.
This film is perhaps the prototypical white-savior-coming-to-rescue-poor-urban-kids movie, and it's admittedly heavy-handed in its message. Nonetheless there are some powerful teaching moments.2
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Former U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson, a first-time high school teacher assigned to a class of tough but smart inner city students. When conventional methods fail to reach them, the feisty Ms. Johnson tries the unconventional -- defying the rules and creating her own curriculum! In the process, she instills a new self-confidence in her students -- motivating them toward their greatest potential.
couldn't find any excerpted scenes from this hilarious teacher-produced 2006 mockumentary, so here's the giggle-worthy trailer. Watch this one when you've had enough of the inspirational sob-fests.
A period-perfect black-and-white film from 1955, setting the standard for high school students being played by actors that look thirty-something. Glenn Ford shows who is steely-eyed boss when he breaks up a fight in this tense scene.
An ebullient but thoughtful Mr. Keating (played with love by Robin Williams) takes his prep school boys just outside of the classroom walls to open up their minds and spur them to live up to their potential. This scene also brought the phrase "Carpe Diem" into the public lexicon.
Yet another true story where a dewy young teacher has to get tough when she's confronted by apathetic inner-city students. Of course, she manages to win their hearts with her unconventional teaching and inspire them to express themselves.6
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Ms Gruwell (Hilary Swank) assigns a final class project to her students; to create a book out of all of their diary entries.
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Cast: Hilary Swank, April L. Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jaclyn Ngan, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Gabriel Chavarria
Director: Richard LaGravenese
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Producer: Danny DeVito, Tracey Durning, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Daniel S. Levine, Nan Morales, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Hilary Swank
Screenwriter: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell
Film Description: Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Erin Gruwell's best-seller The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn't about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well. Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities.
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Though the plot is familiar, there's a nice race-and-class role reversal in this 1967 film, as Sidney Poitier beautifully portrays an out-of-work engineer who becomes a teacher, and faces a class of mostly white working-class toughs in the slums of London.7
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A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class teenagers in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears that existed among young people in the 1960's. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End.
The graduating class, led by Denham (Christian Roberts), Pamela (Judy Geeson) and Barbara (Lulu, who also sings the hit title song), sets out to destroy Thakceray as they did his predecessor, by breaking his spirit. But Thackeray, no stranger to hostility, meets the challenge by treating the students as young adults who will soon enter a work force where they must stand or fall on their own. When offered an engineering job, Thackeray must decide if he wants to stay...
Lots of teachers take issue with this movie's hint of that tired refrain, "those who can't do, teach," and Richard Dreyfuss' title character's self-absorbed wallowing about having to be a teacher. But it's still a tearjerker w/a solid message that one person can make a difference
Watch Morgan Freeman shine in his first lead role in 1989, as a determined and hard-line administrator tasked with turning around the worst school in the state before the government takes it over. In this scene, angry parents take issue w/principal Joe Clark's radical policies.
Looks like classroom management was just as challenging in 1939 as it is now. Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a much-loved classic early teacher film about the long tenure of a teacher at a British boarding school for boys.10
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a scene from classic movie "Good bye Mr. Chips" (1939)
This dramatic farce is a classic of the burned-out teacher genre, with said burnout played with gusto by Nick Nolte. But there's no Nick Nolte in this clip: I couldn't resist including this just for the mimeograph machine brawl.