Documentaries, Biopics, and Reality Television
Chapter 5. Trapped by Futility: The Problems with Claiming Connections to Real Classrooms in The Class
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TRAPPED BY FUTILITY
The Problems with Claiming Connections to Real Classrooms in The Class
As with Chalk (Akel & Mass, 2006), my introduction to The Class (Cantet, 2008) started at a colleague’s home where a group of us met to watch the film together. We had heard the buzz surrounding this French film, including its winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and we were eager to see what the fuss was about. I have spent many years trying to find a film that captures what I believe to be a representation of real teaching to use in my education courses. While there are plenty of videos of teachers demonstrating “best practices” in the classroom, I don’t always want to show my students what’s good; sometimes, I’d rather discuss what happens when things go wrong, which is why I used the mockumentary Chalk in my courses for several years before discovering The Class.
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