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11th Jun '16 12:46:29 AM ADrago
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* ''Film/DangerousMinds'' is a more recent example.
12th Mar '16 11:54:02 AM Montegoraon
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* Class 3-E of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' contains the students with the school's lowest grades, where they are subject to all sorts of school sanctioned mockery, bullying, and oppression in order to motivate the rest of the school to work hard to keep their grades up. One of the major premises of the series revolves around Koro-sensei (a nigh unkillable super-creature hell bent on destroying the world) becoming Class 3-E's new homeroom teacher and inspiring the students to excel despite their circumstances.

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* Class 3-E of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' contains the students with the school's lowest grades, where they are subject to all sorts of school sanctioned mockery, bullying, and oppression in order to motivate the rest of the school to work hard to keep their grades up. One of the major premises of the series revolves around Koro-sensei (a nigh unkillable super-creature hell bent on destroying the world) becoming Class 3-E's new homeroom teacher and inspiring the students to excel despite their circumstances. It may very well be the most gloriously outlandish examples of this trope in all of fiction.
7th Mar '16 9:00:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is ''TheGreatestAmericanHero's'' day job.

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* This is ''TheGreatestAmericanHero's'' ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero's'' day job.



* Deconstructed throughout the fourth and fifth seasons of ''TheWire'' with several characters, [[spoiler: notably three of the main kids meeting ends ranging from Michael [[BittersweetEnding taking up Omar's mantle after his death]] to [[DownerEnding Dukie's and Randy's being downright tragic]]]]. And the teachers are usually pretty helpless, against both the violence pervading the school as well as the looming threat from superiors in the school system of losing their jobs and their funding unless they either bring test scores up or "juke the stats". [[spoiler: It seems as though only the "stoop kids" and the "corner kids" from Bunny Colvin's experimental class have any sort of a happy ending]].

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* Deconstructed throughout the fourth and fifth seasons of ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' with several characters, [[spoiler: notably three of the main kids meeting ends ranging from Michael [[BittersweetEnding taking up Omar's mantle after his death]] to [[DownerEnding Dukie's and Randy's being downright tragic]]]]. And the teachers are usually pretty helpless, against both the violence pervading the school as well as the looming threat from superiors in the school system of losing their jobs and their funding unless they either bring test scores up or "juke the stats". [[spoiler: It seems as though only the "stoop kids" and the "corner kids" from Bunny Colvin's experimental class have any sort of a happy ending]].



* The last couple seasons of ''HappyDays'' occasionally delved into this, with Fonzie teaching auto shop at Jefferson High.
* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', Earl teaches a class of rowdy high-school pranksters in order to get the teachers there to help him pass his GED exam.

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* The last couple seasons of ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' occasionally delved into this, with Fonzie teaching auto shop at Jefferson High.
* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl teaches a class of rowdy high-school pranksters in order to get the teachers there to help him pass his GED exam.
9th Jan '16 4:22:54 PM jewishenjolras
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* Played straight in ''Film/HunkyDory'', in which drama teacher Vivienne attempts to inspire the students of her apathetic school through a [[SchoolPlay rock musical rendition of Shakespeare]]'s ''TheTempest.''
3rd Dec '15 11:43:15 AM kquinn0830
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* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' may be one of the best {{deconstruction}}s of this type of movie in recent memory. Of course, the students didn't ''need'' saving in the first place...

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* ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' may be one of PlayedWith. Academic wise, the best {{deconstruction}}s of this type of movie in recent memory. Of course, the students didn't ''need'' saving in the first place...kids were fine. However, they have various other issues such as low self esteem, strict parents, etc. that they overcome with ThePowerOfRock.
25th Nov '15 7:50:43 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' subverts this. He doesn't teach them how to do well in school and ace all their tests or whatever, but rather teaches them about the moral principles necessary to live a good life. And usually by accident, at that.

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* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' subverts this.is a fairly downplayed example despite the name. He doesn't teach them how to do well in school and ace all their tests or whatever, but rather teaches them about the moral principles necessary to live a good life. And usually by accident, at that.



* Subverted in the 1987 movie ''Film/SummerSchool'', where a clueless gym teacher is forced to teach a remedial English class during the summer, and will be fired if his students don't pass the end of the term test. So,instead of applying the TricksterMentor method, he promises to do each kid a favor if they study.

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* Subverted An interesting variant appears in the 1987 movie ''Film/SummerSchool'', where a clueless gym teacher is forced to teach a remedial English class during the summer, and will be fired if his students don't pass the end of the term test. So,instead of applying the TricksterMentor method, he promises to do each kid a favor if they study.



* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' is an example and a subversion: one student ends up '''dead''', and another gets expelled. The remaining students learn, though. Those two students had bad "endings" because one [[spoiler: had an oppressive father and the son couldn't handle the constant verbal abuse and over-the-top expectations so he committed suicide]]. The second student arguably misinterprets the teacher's advice and goes a bit too far with it, although it is also suggested that he was a naturally rebellious type who would have rubbed the school establishment up the wrong way at some point anyway.

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* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' is an example and a subversion: one One student ends up '''dead''', and another gets expelled. The remaining students learn, though. Those two students had bad "endings" because one [[spoiler: had an oppressive father and the son couldn't handle the constant verbal abuse and over-the-top expectations so he committed suicide]]. The second student arguably misinterprets the teacher's advice and goes a bit too far with it, although it is also suggested that he was a naturally rebellious type who would have rubbed the school establishment up the wrong way at some point anyway.



* The ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "True Calling" deconstructs this trope. The teacher is killed by another teacher who's basically a jaded, older version of ''her'', when she tries to get him to confess to drug use to save the future of the student he forced to carry for him. The student in question feels so responsible for her death that he descends into the life of crime he would've had without her intervention, despite his obvious talent as a writer. [[TearJerker Ouch]].
** On the other hand, one of the students went on to become a teacher and teaches at the same school hoping to help the students like she helped him. There is also a memorial with flowers dedicated to her outside the school, with a plaque that says "She made a difference."
** Also subverted in the episode "8.03AM", when the white teacher at an inner-city school has a black pupil who is genuinely trying his best (it's not his fault that his education so far has been so bad he can barely read), but instead of encouraging him, she mocks and insults him in front of the class.

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* The ''Series/ColdCase'' episode ''Series/ColdCase'':
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"True Calling" Calling":
*** This episode
deconstructs this trope. The teacher is killed by another teacher who's basically a jaded, older version of ''her'', when she tries to get him to confess to drug use to save the future of the student he forced to carry for him. The student in question feels so responsible for her death that he descends into the life of crime he would've had without her intervention, despite his obvious talent as a writer. [[TearJerker Ouch]].
** *** On the other hand, one of the students went on to become a teacher and teaches at the same school hoping to help the students like she helped him. There is also a memorial with flowers dedicated to her outside the school, with a plaque that says "She made a difference."
** Also subverted Inverted in the episode "8.03AM", when the white teacher at an inner-city school has a black pupil who is genuinely trying his best (it's not his fault that his education so far has been so bad he can barely read), but instead of encouraging him, she mocks and insults him in front of the class.



* Subverted on the fourth and fifth seasons of ''TheWire'' with several characters, [[spoiler: notably three of the main kids meeting ends ranging from Michael [[BittersweetEnding taking up Omar's mantle after his death]] to [[DownerEnding Dukie's and Randy's being downright tragic]]]]. And the teachers are usually pretty helpless, against both the violence pervading the school as well as the looming threat from superiors in the school system of losing their jobs and their funding unless they either bring test scores up or "juke the stats". [[spoiler: It seems as though only the "stoop kids" and the "corner kids" from Bunny Colvin's experimental class have any sort of a happy ending]].

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* Subverted on Deconstructed throughout the fourth and fifth seasons of ''TheWire'' with several characters, [[spoiler: notably three of the main kids meeting ends ranging from Michael [[BittersweetEnding taking up Omar's mantle after his death]] to [[DownerEnding Dukie's and Randy's being downright tragic]]]]. And the teachers are usually pretty helpless, against both the violence pervading the school as well as the looming threat from superiors in the school system of losing their jobs and their funding unless they either bring test scores up or "juke the stats". [[spoiler: It seems as though only the "stoop kids" and the "corner kids" from Bunny Colvin's experimental class have any sort of a happy ending]].
12th Oct '15 8:28:48 PM jamespolk
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** About a decade earlier Poitier was on the other side of this, playing the ringleader of a classroom full of delinquents that Glenn Ford tries to reach in ''Blackboard Jungle''.

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** About a decade earlier Poitier was on the other side of this, playing the ringleader of a classroom full of delinquents that Glenn Ford Creator/GlennFord tries to reach in ''Blackboard Jungle''.
18th Jul '15 11:42:33 AM wootzits
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* From Iruka's perspective, this is the plot of ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine''. Iruka is the teacher assigned to the Plum class, considered the worst class in Sunshine Academy. His approach is to be as gung-ho about everything as possible. In the epilogue, almost all of the students are leading successful lives.
1st Jun '15 2:55:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in the 1987 movie ''Summer School'', where a clueless gym teacher is forced to teach a remedial English class during the summer, and will be fired if his students don't pass the end of the term test. So,instead of applying the TricksterMentor method, he promises to do each kid a favor if they study.

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* Subverted in the 1987 movie ''Summer School'', ''Film/SummerSchool'', where a clueless gym teacher is forced to teach a remedial English class during the summer, and will be fired if his students don't pass the end of the term test. So,instead of applying the TricksterMentor method, he promises to do each kid a favor if they study.



* Simultaneously parodied and played straight in ''High School High''.

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* Simultaneously parodied and played straight in ''High School High''.''Film/HighSchoolHigh''.



* This is actually the main plot in ''Lambada'' (1990), of all films. It wasn't supposed to feature the trendy dance when it was written, but Cannon Pictures wanted to beat a rival BMovie studio's lambada film to theaters, so they added some dance scenes to it.

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* This is actually the main plot in ''Lambada'' ''Film/{{Lambada}}'' (1990), of all films. It wasn't supposed to feature the trendy dance when it was written, but Cannon Pictures wanted to beat a rival BMovie studio's lambada film to theaters, so they added some dance scenes to it.
1st Jun '15 2:50:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Gokusen}}'''s Yankumi [[spoiler:literally saves the school from being closed, in one episode.]]

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* ''{{Gokusen}}'''s ''MAnga/{{Gokusen}}'''s Yankumi [[spoiler:literally saves the school from being closed, in one episode.]]



* Done in the beginning of ''MahouSenseiNegima''. Negi's class happens to be the worst on campus. Under Negi's leadership, they manage to hit the #1 rank. Then after the resident MadScientist (and smartest person in the whole school) transfers out, they promptly drop to second-to-last.
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, MutekiKanbanMusume deconstructs this trope with Kayahara Sensei: This is the kind of teacher that she strikes to be, she is a BullyHunter, always trying to stop any abuse. Unfortunately, she is always depressed and is always being taken as a StringyHairedGhostGirl, unable to admit she didnít enjoy teaching at all, and all her students are afraid of her and the only thing she accomplishes is being a SadistTeacher.

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* Done in the beginning of ''MahouSenseiNegima''.''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. Negi's class happens to be the worst on campus. Under Negi's leadership, they manage to hit the #1 rank. Then after the resident MadScientist (and smartest person in the whole school) transfers out, they promptly drop to second-to-last.
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, MutekiKanbanMusume ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with Kayahara Sensei: This is the kind of teacher that she strikes to be, she is a BullyHunter, always trying to stop any abuse. Unfortunately, she is always depressed and is always being taken as a StringyHairedGhostGirl, unable to admit she didnít enjoy teaching at all, and all her students are afraid of her and the only thing she accomplishes is being a SadistTeacher.



* ''{{Spider-Man}}'': Peter Parker briefly turned into one of these. And of course, he was much better as a superhero than as a teacher.

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* ''{{Spider-Man}}'': ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Peter Parker briefly turned into one of these. And of course, he was much better as a superhero than as a teacher.



* ''Up the Down Staircase'' is another classic example, and one of the first to feature a ''female'' teacher.

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* ''Up the Down Staircase'' ''Film/UpTheDownStaircase'' is another classic example, and one of the first to feature a ''female'' teacher.



* ''The Principal'' also takes the {{tough love}} approach, straight to a climactic fistfight pitting the titular principal against the leader of one of the gangs that ravage the school.

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* ''The Principal'' ''Film/ThePrincipal'' also takes the {{tough love}} approach, straight to a climactic fistfight pitting the titular principal against the leader of one of the gangs that ravage the school.



* ''LesChoristes'' has a failed musician who becomes a supervisor, and turns his class into a CherubicChoir, transforming the mischievous children's lives in the process.

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* ''LesChoristes'' ''Film/LesChoristes'' has a failed musician who becomes a supervisor, and turns his class into a CherubicChoir, transforming the mischievous children's lives in the process.



* Done in the movie ''Only The Strong''. The protagonist teaches his proteges how to use Capoeira, which somehow reforms them into better people using team mentality to go against the local gang.
* One of the earliest film cases is ''Blackboard Jungle''. It's still one of the best, partly because the progress is slower and harder than in most of these examples. The end is only the beginning of victory.
* ''The Ron Clark Story'', with Matthew Perry as the titular teacher who goes to teach inner-city middle schoolers.

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* Done in the movie ''Only The Strong''.''Film/OnlyTheStrong''. The protagonist teaches his proteges how to use Capoeira, which somehow reforms them into better people using team mentality to go against the local gang.
* One of the earliest film cases is ''Blackboard Jungle''.''Film/BlackboardJungle''. It's still one of the best, partly because the progress is slower and harder than in most of these examples. The end is only the beginning of victory.
* ''The Ron Clark Story'', ''Film/TheRonClarkStory'', with Matthew Perry as the titular teacher who goes to teach inner-city middle schoolers.



* Inverted in the HBO movie ''Cheaters''. The teacher comes in to coach the Academic Decathalon Team which is a Super Bowl for nerds (this writer was a member of said team in high school). Intimidated by the school team that had won the competition every year, the team members stumble upon a copy of the test. When said teacher finds out, he encourages the team to cheat.

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* Inverted in the HBO movie ''Cheaters''.''Film/{{Cheaters}}''. The teacher comes in to coach the Academic Decathalon Team which is a Super Bowl for nerds (this writer was a member of said team in high school). Intimidated by the school team that had won the competition every year, the team members stumble upon a copy of the test. When said teacher finds out, he encourages the team to cheat.



* ''The Emperor's Club'' applies this to rich kids. Kevin Kline is the Roman History teacher at a prestigious boarding school, and is trying to get through to an arrogant problem student, played by Emile Hersch. In the end, he fails: the kid grows up to be financially successful but morally bankrupt. Kline feels better, though, when he sees that all of his other former students are happy, well-adjusted and respectable.

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* ''The Emperor's Club'' ''Film/TheEmperorsClub'' applies this to rich kids. Kevin Kline is the Roman History teacher at a prestigious boarding school, and is trying to get through to an arrogant problem student, played by Emile Hersch. In the end, he fails: the kid grows up to be financially successful but morally bankrupt. Kline feels better, though, when he sees that all of his other former students are happy, well-adjusted and respectable.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS7xDS24GGE&list=PLED4627D7AE5D7241 Dangerous Wands]], a College Humor parody of ''DangerousMinds'', puts an adult [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] in charge of a class of inner-city magic students.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS7xDS24GGE&list=PLED4627D7AE5D7241 Dangerous Wands]], a College Humor parody of ''DangerousMinds'', ''Film/DangerousMinds'', puts an adult [[Franchise/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]] in charge of a class of inner-city magic students.
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