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By Mary M. Dalton

This e-book analyzes 116 movies dispensed through the usa over approximately seventy five years, to build a concept, grounded in cultural experiences and significant pedagogy, of curriculum within the videos. The portrayal of academics in renowned movies relies on person, instead of collective, motion and depends on codes proven via inventory characters and predictable plots, precluding significant fight. those conventions make sure the final final result of the reveal narratives and usually go away the academic associations – which symbolize the bigger established order – intact and strong. as well as an multiplied record of flicks informing the research, this revised version good points new chapters: one on homosexual academics in fresh motion pictures and one other on principals within the video clips. To interrogate «the Hollywood curriculum» is to invite what it capacity as a tradition to be conscious of motion pictures at either social and private degrees, and to have interaction those movies as either pleasing and almost certainly reworking.

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When one teacher does challenge the inequity of a system that equips public schools in wealthy areas like elite, private academies while letting poor schools languish, Gerry Plecki’s own unethical conduct overshadows and undermines his argument. The elements of the Hollywood model of the good teacher are constructed in the movies in ways that are intended to symbolize the radical or “progressive” teacher on screen, but these elements may also be read as constraints that lock these same teachers into the role of fostering social conformity instead of organizing opposition.

Dir. Penny Marshall. 1994. Some of the good teachers, especially Hollywood’s male teachers, have a ready sense of humor. Danny DeVito plays a civilian with a background in the advertising business who is hired by the Army to teach a group of intellectually challenged recruits. Though this screen narrative includes some tender moments, the movie can definitely be classified as a comedy. Dalton v-x-081 12/8/03 11:07 AM Page 30 30 | The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies quo. Or, in a few cases, relegated to the role of outsider because they are seen as “other” in terms of sexual orientation, gender, or another perceived difference.

Consider for a moment that all of these characters are well educated. Even if their primary field is not always education, Mark Thackery has a degree in engineering; LouAnne Johnson and Bill Rago have degrees in literature, and Jaime Escalante is trained in both math and computers. All of these characters are also members of a ubiquitous “middle class” that seems to envelop all of the depicted teachers while, in some cases, putting a sharp division between them and students from working-class, innercity or, occasionally, even elite student populations.

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