William Arthur Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” It’s the same with movies—especially movies about inspiring teachers. With the release of Here Comes the Boom — about a teacher who takes to the mixed martial arts octagon in hopes of raising enough money to save his school’s music program — what better time to take a look at inspiring teachers of the silver screen.
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Stand and Deliver
Based on the true story of a math teacher in East L.A. who turns around the lives of his troubled students by teaching them calculus. In 2011, the Library of Congress declared this movie “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and it has been preserved in the National Film Registry. Edward James Olmos and a young Lou Diamond Phillips in prime acting form.
Lean on Me
Another film based on a true story, Joe Clark is a strict principal who practices tough-love at a decaying school in Patterson, NJ. He uses unorthodox methods and lights a fire under his teachers and students to fight a state takeover of the school by improving test scores. One of Morgan Freeman’s finest roles, and that’s saying something.