teacher; therefore, I argue that these speeches exist not only in coach
and sports movies, but in teacher movies as well. The speeches, and
movies that feature them, have very similar qualities and plot points,
despite the differences in genre. Movies that focus on the coach or
teacher as the main character often follow The Hollywood Model of
the good teacher. This paper analyzes another similarity between these
two categories of teachers through a rhetorical examination of the
motivational and/or the unifying speech that has similar elements and
common themes across time period, race, class, and area of instruction.
The Hollywood Model
As stated previously, each of the movies discussed in this paper
follows The Hollywood Model of the good teacher (Dalton 21-41). I
will use the movie Miracle to illustrate each of these characteristics,
starting with the depiction of the good teacher as an outsider (Dalton
25-28). The movie opens as Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is being
interviewed for the head coaching job of team USA at the 1980
Olympics, and it is clear that members of the committee are skeptical
of his coaching style. Their distrust positions him as an outsider.
Another characteristic of The Hollywood Model is that the teacher is in
conflict with administration (Dalton 34-36). Again, we see that the US
Olympic hockey committee is not exactly on board with Brooks’
coaching or his team selection methods. There is a scene early in the
film, just after the first day of try-outs, where Brooks is confronted by
a member of the committee. The committee member is upset because
Brooks chose his team after just one day of tryouts, and the decision
was meant to be a group one. The next characteristic of The Hollywood
Model is that the teacher uses a personalized curriculum (Dalton 36-
38). This is evident in Herb Brooks’ coaching methods in a variety of
situations and interactions, but the main way he personalizes the
“curriculum” is by knowing what each individual player needs in order
to be successful. Some examples are bringing in a “ringer” just before
the Olympics to push some of his players to perform better and telling
a player who was (not seriously) injured that he isn’t a hockey player if
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