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.

  1. And the district. Of which he is now, uh… superintendent? Whatever the title is. []