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Here’s to you, teachers

The idea is this: we reproduce quotes from movies we loved about teachers (thank you, IMDB) and you get inspired to rent the DVDs of, like they taught us to say in school, the following. Nivriti Butalia reports.

sex and relationships Updated: Sep 04, 2009 23:28 IST
Nivriti Butalia

The idea is this: we reproduce quotes from movies we loved about teachers (thank you, IMDB) and you get inspired to rent the DVDs of, like they taught us to say in school, the following:

TO SIR WITH LOVE, 1967
Mark Thackeray: I am sick of your foul language, your crude behaviour and your sluttish manner. There are certain things a decent woman keeps private, and only a filthy slut would have done this and those who stood by and encouraged her are just as bad. I don’t care who’s responsible — you’re all to blame. Now, I am going to leave this room for five minutes by which time that disgusting object had better be removed and the windows opened to clear away the stench. If you must play these filthy games, do them in your homes, and not in my classroom!

LEAN ON ME, 1989
Joe Clark: You’ve tried it your way for years, and your students can’t even pass the State’s Minimum Basic Skills Test. THAT MEANS THEY CAN BARELY READ! Now, they’ve given me one year to turn this place around — to get those test scores up — so that the State will not take us over to perform the task which YOU have failed to accomplish: the task of EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN! So forget about the way it used to be. This is not a damn democracy! We are in a state of emergency and my word is law! There’s only one boss around here, and that’s me. The HNIC. [exits]
Mr. O’Malley: HNIC?
Ms. Levias: Head Nigger In Charge

DEAD POET’S SOCIETY, 1989
John Keating: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain.

MONA LISA SMILE, 2003
Katherine Watson: It’s brilliant, really. A perfect ruse. A finishing school disguised as a college. Well, they got me.
Bill Dunbar: What do you expect?
Katherine Watson: More! I thought I was headed to a place that would turn out tomorrow’s leaders, not their wives!

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