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16th Apr '17 11:59:17 AM Argon2
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See Also SaveOurTeam, the sports version of this trope, and WhiteMansBurden, which also frequently appears in such works. Often overlaps with SuckySchool.

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See Also SaveOurTeam, the sports version of this trope, and WhiteMansBurden, which also frequently appears in such works. Often overlaps with SuckySchool.
SuckySchool. The protagonist is usually a PsychologistTeacher.
24th Oct '16 9:50:23 AM Morgenthaler
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Often, though not always, has a racial/class element to it, with either a [[WhiteMansBurden white, sheltered teacher]] in a gun-ridden InnerCitySchool, or a black, fought-his-way-to-the-top teacher among privileged-but-bored upper-class white kids. Also has a strong tendency toward {{Glurge}}. Naturally, ''TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39341 went after this one]] but good.

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Often, though not always, has a racial/class element to it, with either a [[WhiteMansBurden white, sheltered teacher]] in a gun-ridden InnerCitySchool, or a black, fought-his-way-to-the-top teacher among privileged-but-bored upper-class white kids. Also has a strong tendency toward {{Glurge}}. Naturally, ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39341 went after this one]] but good.
15th Oct '16 1:09:27 PM JujuP
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Nobody's school system is perfect, but some are ''[[SuckySchool really ]]''[[SuckySchool bad]]. Whether it's a single class that's lost the will to learn, or an entire school that would be "better off as a parking lot", the students that go here are only an inch from completely giving up on themselves -- if they haven't already. And just when all is darkest, here comes a new teacher...

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Nobody's school system is perfect, but some are ''[[SuckySchool really ]]''[[SuckySchool ]]''[[DustbinSchool bad]]. Whether it's a single class that's lost the will to learn, or an entire school that would be "better off as a parking lot", the students that go here are only an inch from completely giving up on themselves -- if they haven't already. And just when all is darkest, here comes a new teacher...
13th Oct '16 12:05:09 PM tropower
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* Played equally straight in 1999's ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart'', starring Creator/MerylStreep as Roberta Guaspari, the teacher who started the Harlem Schools Violin Program. And yes, it was also based on a true story.

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* Played equally straight in 1999's ''Film/MusicOfTheHeart'', starring Creator/MerylStreep as Roberta Guaspari, the teacher who started the Harlem Schools Violin Program. And yes, it was also based on a true story. Unfortunately, the focus is less on this trope, and more on the VerySpecialEpisode aspect of raising awareness of the importance of music education in schools[[note]]It was released at the height of Creator/{{VH1}}'s "Save the Music" campaign, which seeks to stop schools from cutting music education programs, and / or reinstating them in schools that already have.[[/note]].
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]].
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