This week sees the release of superb, Palme D'Or-winning French drama The Class.
It’s a study of students from a tough Parisian neighbourhood, with a top teacher who’s played by real-life educator Francois Begaudeau.
Begaudeau wrote a book about his experiences and he and director Laurent Cantet recruited actual students to play the kids in the film.
With that and Hamlet 2 arriving in cinemas, we got to thinking about the best blackboard wranglers out there in movie land.
Some are based in reality. Others are pure fantasy. We want them all in our school right now...
The Film: Blackboard Jungle (1955)
The Teacher: Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford)
The Subject: English
Best Line: “Yeah, I've been beaten up, but I'm not beaten. I'm not beaten, and I'm not quittin.'”
Why We Wish They'd Taught Us: Because he has experience dealing with the thugs and hoodies that are overrunning every school these days.
He stood up to the most annoying git in his class (Vic Morrow’s Artie West), even when he started receiving death threats against his family.
So much for emotional stress leave and filing for compensation – he’d deal with the situation head on.