Bill Ayers12 months ago
The celebrities you note---from Escalante onward---are all based on a backward idea of what teaching is and what classrooms are like. Those movies may be tear-jerkers, but they play on every available stereotype of communities of color and portray the good teacher as a lone ranger battling the bad juvenile delinquents, the ignorant parents, and their hapless, incompetent colleagues to lift up the few good kids. For a perfect satire go to "Nice White Lady." In a culture that heroizes celebrity over accomplishment, I'll opt for the everyday substance and efforts of my son Malik---day in and day out, 7:30- 5---over the fiction of the child-savers. A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich.