During a trimester, a student spends approximately 75 hours in my classroom. Many students spend 150 hours in my classroom (two trimesters), and some students take up to three classes with me in a year, so they spend 225 hours as my student. None of the classes to which I refer are repeats; each is a different course.
Teacher movies send a simplistic and distorted message to the public about the nature and nuances of teaching: Teachers are superheroes capable of contortions and tricks that a Cirque du Soleil performer would envy. When viewers see feel-good teacher movies, particularly those set in poor, inner-city schools, they begin expecting a simplistic, happy ending in real-time, in real-life.
Writing for The Atlantic (January 1, 2014) Joshua John Mackin lists five problems with teacher movies:
- They guarantee a happy ending.
- They market stereotypes.
- They shift the focus from the real issues, both political and social, schools face.
- They construct an either/or fallacy about teachers: Either a teacher is a superhero or a villian.