There may be too few educators on cable TV (and too few education-related segments, too), but has there ever been a time when schools were as much a central part of so many TV shows?
*On Fresh Off The Boat, the hip-hop loving son of immigrant parents has to make new friends at a Florida school where there has apparently a student who isn't white, black, or Hispanic.
*The New Girl is now an assistant superintendent and her boyfriend/employee teacher works at the same school (or still did, last I looked).
*Girls' most appealingly deplorable character, Hannah, substitutes at a private school after crashing and burning at her Iowa MFA program.
*In episode 6 of Tina Fey's new show, The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, the protagonist encounters a burned-out GED teacher who wants to be reported so he can get assigned to the rubber room. (There was a rubber room on Silicon Valley, too.)
*The female half of a bored married couple starts getting involved with an LA charter school startup in Eagle Rock that might also be good for her kids. (Repeat of Parenthood, sort of.)
Plus also: High Maintenance (seriously), Blackish (yep), Empire (just kidding), The Good Wife (I wish).
These aren't just silly pop culture coincidences, I'd argue -- or at least not only that. They're a representation of what the larger public thinks or knows about education, or is at least what the public is curious about. Clearly, charter schools and the rubber room are fascinating to writers, and the notion of smart young people trying out teaching isn't as foreign or obscure as it once may have been.
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