On reductive Hollywood narratives about school. Yeah, you know the ones I mean.
Ironically, one of my husband’s friends is, in fact, a “teacher superstar”; he was principal of an under-performing, predominantly African American high school and did the whole academic turn-around thing on it. Two critical differences from the Standard Hollywood Narrative, though. Firstly, he was the principal, not a teacher, and he worked on reform of the institution of the school,1 not on fantasies of bootstrapping the kids. And, secondly, he is, himself, African American.
- And the district. Of which he is now, uh… superintendent? Whatever the title is. [↩]