Two women. Two men. Four inspiring teachers seen in recent (and not so recent) films and series.
What are their weaknesses and strengths, according to our humble opinion?
Professor John Keating, played by Robin Williams (RIP) in Dead Poets Society (1989)
Strengths: shows and conveys his enthusiasm, motivation and passion
Weaknesses: only caters for excellence, leaving some students clearly behind
Louanne Johnson, played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds (1995)
Strengths: courageous, committed, creates opportunities for all and believes in each and every one of her students.
Weaknesses: too paternalistic at times and not realistic with her student’s expectations and realities.
Merlí Bergeron, played by Francesc Orella in Merlí, TV series (2015-2018)
Strengths: raises awareness for critical thinking, encourages students to be honest and coherent.
Weaknesses: too radical at times, extremely sexist and not empathic at all with his peers.
Rita Madsen, played by Mille Dinesen in Rita, Netflix series (2012-2020)
Strengths: cares about her students, caters for all, keeps parents at bay when necessary.
Weaknesses: eccentric, does not respect any rules whatsoever.
Some food for thought, huh? We are looking forward to reading your inputs in the comments below!