Documentaries, Biopics, and Reality Television
Chapter 2. “But No One Taught Me”: An Educational Mockumentary
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“BUT NO ONE TAUGHT ME”
An Educational Mockumentary*
I am sometimes asked at conferences what genre has the best hope of capturing the realities of teaching if the documentary genre cannot. I answer that mockumentaries might offer the best representations of what it is like to be a teacher. Mockumentaries, which pull codes from the documentary and fictional film genres, such as interviews, a narrative structure, and unscripted scenes, distance themselves from the audience’s expectations for both genres—namely, to present the objective truth as well as to sustain a traditional narrative structure. Promoting itself with the slogan “Real Teaching Leaves Its Mark,” the 2006 mockumentary Chalk (Akel & Mass, 2006) engaged conventions from both genres in order to uncover, perhaps facetiously, why 50% of teachers quit within the first three years.
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