Rated E for Educational looks at the relationship between students and teachers and how this is portrayed in film. Basically we had so many examples of us saying ‘they clearly have no idea what a teacher really does’ that we decided to share our thoughts in podcast form.
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Read the show notes from our resident film critic Erin Marr with the link in each description.
School of Rock
When an out-of-work, no-hoper rocker runs out of luck, he decides to engage in identify theft and misrepresent himself as a substitute teacher. What follows is a series of shenanigans not recommended in any teaching textbook, including unapproved excursions, inadvisable lesson structures and upsetting the parent body of a prestigious independent school. Slowly the hero’s heart is warmed by the students he teaches as he uses them to achieve his own musical goals, but will he win over the parent community, challenge the bedrock of pedagogical theory and win the rock competition? Our hosts Daniel Cohen and Amy Cotton find out in this episode.
Erin’s review of School of Rock
A muscle-bound and attitude adjusted detective goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a witness on the run. The school is not happy that he lacks qualifications and experience, two things that Mr Kimble realises are vitally important within his first five minutes of teaching. It’s the film where boot camp becomes a teaching technique and where gender stereotypes are reinforced for the sake of comedy. Will Mr Kimble be able to become a great teacher whilst looking for a murderer’s wife and son? Will his police partner ever stop throwing up? Can little kids show you up when you’re a mega star? Will the ferret save the day? Hosts Daniel Cohen and Amy Cotton endeavour to find out in this episode with special guest Max Grarock.
Erin’s review of Kindergarten-Cop