The 10 Worst Teachers and Principals From Pop Culture
From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to Mean Girls, on-screen educators have a talent for causing trouble. Here are the worst offenders.
- By Eleanor Barkhorn
- Smithsonian.com, April 15, 2013
Movies and TV shows set in schools tend to lionize hard-working, inspiring educators, from Freedom Writers’ Erin Gruell to “Boy Meets World”’s Mr. Feeney (video above). Less remarked upon but just as ubiquitous, though, are the teachers and administrators who break the rules in ways ranging from the mostly harmless (working on an erotic novel on school time) to the actually illegal (breaking into a student’s house). Here’s a look at the worst infractions by pop-culture teachers and administrators, along with an assessment of what consequences this behavior would have in real life: