Hollywood Existential Teachers

Ah teaching, that wonderfully rewarding vocation featuring the beauty of sacrifice and the transmittance of knowledge to minds and hearts longing to learn.

Or, if you prefer, that soul-sucking grind amid oceans of apathy in which the Cheerio of progress disintegrates into the curdling milk of ignorance and monotony.

As a college teacher the job never actually stops but many educators are amping up for that glorious paid summer. I  just submitted more grades today which is always an interesting experience. Each semester turns over a new crop of students, and you never know how the batch will produce.

Teaching is best when it doesn’t feel like a job. Of course, just as there are some students who should never have enrolled in college, there are plenty of educators who never should have entered the profession. But when all of the various combinations of students and teachers come together–good and bad, hopeful and desperate, skilled and unskilled, eager and  careless–life experiences are formed.

Teachers must hold all of these different personalities together.


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Like an arranged marriage, the relationship will surprise for better or worse.


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Sometimes, as you grow up and enter the profession you start to really empathize with the antagonists of your youth…


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But eventually teaching can wear you down and make you feel like…


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There are days when hope is redefined…


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But in the end the job is a jumbled mix of ups and downs, kind of like…


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What is your favorite movie about teaching?

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Hollywood Existential is a regular feature in which we filter some kind of life question through a short movie clip. If you would like to suggest a scene to be used for a future edition of this feature please e-mail me.

Catch up on ALL the movies we’ve looked at on the Official Hollywood Existential Page.