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Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools, and American Culture


reviewed by Cheryl M. North-Coleman - 2006

coverTitle: Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools, and American Culture
Author(s): Robert C. Bulman
Publisher: Worth Publishers, New York
ISBN: 0716755416, Pages: 191, Year: 2005
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I refused to watch Boston Public. I did not even give it a chance. Even the commercials about the show made me angry. This was yet another example of how the media spews  inaccurate portrayals of our schools. These portrayals always seem to involve ineffective and mean teachers and/or apathetic students. Both are stereotypes and, as a teacher and teacher educator, I know they are wrong. Boston Public was just a soap opera taking place in a school, and I refused to be a part of it.   I never thought about my aversion to Boston Public until I read Robert Bulman’s Hollywood Goes to High School: Cinema, Schools, and American Culture.  I do not have an aversion to all movies or television shows about school. I have fond memories of The Breakfast Club and was inspired by Stand and Deliver. And, yes, both films feature ineffective teachers and/or apathetic students.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 132-135
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12116, Date Accessed: 1/21/2021 6:05:11 AM

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  • Cheryl North-Coleman
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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    CHERYL M. NNORTH-COLEMAN is a lecturer in the Education Department of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She currently is completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Delaware. She is interested in exploring ways to teach literacy in a more responsive way to underrepresented students.
 
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