systems and, in this movie particularly, he challenges the strict
conformity of the private school system. Dewey Finn can be seen as an
educational reformer who contributes to social reform while breaking
the mold of traditional teachers within the film School of Rock. While
some might consider Dewey Finn representative of some of the
characteristics of the “bad teacher” according to models of “The
Hollywood Curriculum” established by Dalton (21), I think over the
course of the film, he proves himself to be an unlikely “good teacher”
in the tradition of The Hollywood Model (Dalton 61).
Teachers don’t have to follow traditional curriculum or school
rules to get through to and teach students in the movies. In fact,
students respect and learn more from a teacher who breaks the mold
and is enthusiastic, rather than a monotonous drone. These respected
teachers are also usually depicted in sharp contrast to the other teachers
in a school, which makes it possible to see Dewey Finn as an educational
reformer. School of Rock is a musical comedy movie directed by Richard
Linklater, produced by Scott Rudin, and written by Mike White and
stars Jack Black in the leading role, as a rocker turned substitute teacher
named Dewey Finn. Finn is introduced to viewers as a disheveled singer
and guitarist for a rock and roll band, but there is some magic to the
movie during his transformation as he grows and is influenced by the
students he works with, he begins to fit The Hollywood Model of a
good teacher. Dalton identifies five main areas that contribute to the
role of the good teacher: teacher as an outsider among teachers,
personally involved with students, teachers learning from students,
tension or antagonistic relationship between the teacher and
administrators, and a personalized curriculum (Dalton 39). In Dennis
Conway’s chapter titled “The Bad Teacher: Music Man from School of
Rock,” he argues that Dewey Finn epitomizes all of the characteristics
of a bad teacher in opposition to The Hollywood Model. Conway
argues that “Finn does not initially concentrate on developing
relationships with his students at Horace Green Preparatory School. He
is the prototypical bad teacher in that he is eager to dominate his
students (Conway 67). While this may be true toward the beginning of
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