Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An examination of the current state of education in America today.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter
Chalk I (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An improvisational take on the high school experience, told from the educators' point-of-view.

Director: Mike Akel
Stars: Troy Schremmer, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Haragan
The Hobart Shakespeareans (TV Movie 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai
Spellbound (2002)
Documentary | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar
The Class (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet
Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio
Teachers (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch
The Ron Clark Story (TV Movie 2006)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.

Director: Randa Haines
Stars: Matthew Perry, Judith Buchan, Griffin Cork
Paper Clips (2004)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, and grows to include millions of others killed.

Directors: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Stars: Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, Tom Bosley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch, Joel Gretsch
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White
Teach (2001)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Georgene Acosta, Geneviève DeBose, Andrew Glass
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Georgene Acosta ...
Herself
Geneviève DeBose ...
Herself
Joy Kraft-Watts ...
Herself
Nate Monley ...
Himself
Maurice Rabb ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

teacher | school | See All (2) »

Taglines:

5 Teachers. 180 Days. Our Children's Future.

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 2001 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
misleading
22 May 2004 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Yes, the film is inspiring and evokes awe for the beautiful work depicted. But the film sets up classroom relationships based on care and love, opposed to expectations of learning, testing, and obedience. Little attention is given to the learning that is likely expected to be done. Further, from my experience inside CPS classrooms, as well as stories from other teachers, the behavioral issues depicted in the film are non-existent to mind-numbingly mild. If the classrooms in the film were intended to model how classrooms ought to be, I would fully agree. Unfortunately, the film ought to be watched as a piece of recruiting propaganda and public schooling fantasy.

For a different perspective on youth and school-life, though not focused on teachers, check out 'Chain Camera'. Also filmed in LA in 2001, this film has students taking a camera with them for a week each to record their lives. The stories of several students are edited to comprise this interesting portrayal of youth culture.


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?