By Roy Fisher
Schooling in pop culture explores what makes colleges, faculties, academics and scholars an everlasting concentration for a variety of modern media. what's it in regards to the college adventure that makes us desire to relive it time and again? The publication presents an summary of schooling because it is represented in pop culture, including a framework by which educators can interpret those representations on the subject of their very own specialist values and improvement. The analyses are contextualised inside of modern, historic and ideological frameworks, and make connections among well known representations and political discourses approximately schooling. via its exam of movie, tv, renowned lyrics and fiction, this publication tackles academic subject matters that recur in pop culture, and demonstrates how they intersect with debates pertaining to instructor functionality, the curriculum and younger people’s behaviour and morality. Chapters discover how stories of schooling are either mirrored and built in ways in which occasionally make stronger reliable academic views, and occasionally face up to and oppose them. schooling in pop culture will stimulate severe mirrored image at the renowned myths discourses that encompass academics and instructing. it is going to serve to deepen analyses of training and studying and their linked institutional and societal contexts in an inventive and hard method.
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In 1998 there was a UK recruitment campaign with the tag-line: ‘Everyone remembers a good teacher’. Most people do, but they also remember bad teachers, those who were oppressive or had made derogatory or critical remarks. In a similar vein, Friends Reunited, the website which puts former school and college friends in contact, is inundated with both complimentary and critical (even libellous) comments about teachers on its bulletin boards. So, as a teacher, the chances are, if you are not anonymous or forgotten, you will have been constructed as either a hero or a villain by your former pupils and students.
Dewey’s students have learned how to take initiative and assume responsibility. So, despite parental opposition and the principal’s dissent, they galvanise a disheartened Dewey and make it through to the final of the Battle of the Bands for his and their final performance. The students, it seems, will continue rocking even after he has gone. The message of School of Rock is quite ambiguous: on the one hand, rock music is presented as radical and anarchic, an articulation of young people’s anger and 32 The good teacher alienation.
First, the good teacher, like most heroes, is an outsider, charismatic and inspirational, passionate about her/his subject. Heroic teachers challenge the system, daring to teach innovatively what is important (the inference being that a regular curriculum and pedagogy do not do this). Weber and Mitchell (1995, p. 80) highlight this, illustrating the point with reference to Ms Shepard in Sweet Valley High: We see a so-called subversion of conventional teaching practice that appears in many popular culture texts.
Education in Popular Culture: Telling Tales on Teachers and Learners by Roy Fisher