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Teachers and Popular Culture
Transcript of Teachers and Popular Culture
Overview of the Whole Show
Background Information on the episode
Clip 1-"Class Wars"
Clip 3- "Hidden Talents"
uncomfortable learning environment
losing the rapport between student and teacher.
Background to Bad Education
British Sitcom (BBC/Tigeraspect)
2 Seasons (2012-2013)
Upcoming American adaptation
Director: Jack Whitehall and Freddy Sybron
Positive review: 8/10
Immature & irresponsible
a lot in common with his pupils
Classic fierce headmaster
Pop culture taps into the reality of bad educators in society and the need for change
EDUF1018 Group Presentation
Teachers and Popular Culture
“We may be too easily tempted to regard them as humorous images that have nothing to do with us or with the reality of schooling”
(Mitchell, 1995 pg. 172)
"She's Chinese, you muppet!"
Clip 2 - Apartheid
Clip 1 - "Class Wars"
Clip 3 - "Hidden Talents"
“Popular culture is not purely unreflective or superficial – it contains avant garde elements, provocative ideas, even models for self-critique”
A Class act: Jack Whitehall's new BBC3 sitcom
Bad Education has lured some top comedy talent
(2012, August) The independent UK. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/a-class-act-jack-whitehalls-new-bbc3-sitcom-bad-education-has-lured-some-top-comedy-talent-7999321.html
Bad Education produced bad TV
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'I'd appear in Corrie and Strictly for my mum':
Jack Whitehall on new sitcom Bad Education and
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Reel to real: Popular culture and teacher identity
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classroom is a complex environment
multiculturalism in today's global community
“Teaching specific topics or skills without making clear their context in the broader fundamental structure … is uneconomical” (Bruner, 1960)
"Classrooms must connect with the real world in which children live their lives. ...Learning is best facilitated when the learner sees the purpose for the learning" (Green, 2006)
Interactive learning environment
engaging & simulate empathy
lacks cultural awareness
misleading in handling of students
realistic portrayal - teachers are not all- knowledgeable
provides insight about on different teaching methods
interactive and discussion-like activities
questions how appropriate and effective these practices are
how we can implement them into our own classroom as future teachers?
danger lies within the accessibility of popular images
develops like a piece of information passed through Chinese-whispers
they are simplified and romanticised.
For professional development however, Bruner (1960) recommends, it is done alongside professional texts.
“mean teachers are meaner, the kind ones are kinder, the brave ones are braver and the inept even more so.” (Mitchell, 1995)
illuminates and challenges the importance and responsibility of the teacher’s work
Eg: GRADES & RESULTS
this clip challenges the current conventions of education - ‘talent’ = academia
students are all talented in their own way-
"funds of Knowledge"
"Teacher heroes liberate students by defying the official school rules" (Mitchell, 1999, pg 183)
there’s more to pop culture than we thought!
Director makes social comments about teachers
humorous image illuminates certain issues:
student's life worlds
"funds of knowledge"
an opportunity for self-critique as a pre-service teacher.
"We may like to think of ourselves as the exception, the hero who is not like the others" (pg 182)
Exaggerated teacher images
"Popular romantic texts...may create unrealistic and potentially harmful expectations by encouraging teacher fantasy at the expense of reality" (Robertson, 1997)