Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bad Teacher: A Real Teacher's First Impression

I don't watch a lot of television.  In fact, I cancelled cable television two years ago.  However, I recently heard about CBS's new TV show, Bad Teacher and decided to give it a try.  The TV show is based on a 2011 movie of the same name.  To summarize, Bad Teacher Meredith Davis (played by Ari Graynor) fudges her resume and enters the teaching profession after going through a nasty divorce. Motivated by the thought of using her position to seduce the students' rich, single fathers, she becomes a social studies teacher at an upper-class middle school. At the school, she joins a set of colleagues that includes blasts from the past such as the school's principal played by David Alan Grier (In Living Color, aka Homey D. Clown) and a fellow teacher played by Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, aka Darlene) .

I only watched the pilot episode (you can too, here's the link:, but I'm not sure whether or not this show will become a weekly event for me.  I was initially drawn to the show because I thought that watching teachers on television would relieve some of the stress of the actual daily grind.  I was disappointed to find that in an attempt to draw laughs, the show portrays teachers as being self-serving individuals who enter the profession based on ulterior motives.  While Ms. Davis does eventually become a hero by helping the safety patrol stand up to the school's clique of mean girls, she does so only after flaunting her disdain for the teaching profession and putting together a career day in an attempt to snag a date.  I realize that sitcoms are not supposed to reflect reality, but with all of the criticism directed towards the teaching profession by politicians, I wonder if a show of this nature is what we need piped into America's living rooms right now.  If this show does gain traction (it does have a great cast), I hope that some of the actors will at least use their role as television teacher to speak out in support of America's educators.  I invite you to judge for yourself.  The next episode airs Thursday at 9:30.


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