Don't get me wrong. I'm sure there are hot teachers out there, men who are so devilishly handsome, witty and charming, they make teen girls quiver in their hightops. They just weren't in my school.
Oh, we had male teachers. And some of them thought they were God's gift to the student body. Case in point: Mr. Jr. High Band who dated a student; Mr. Health who had a penchant for leaning his junk up against kids' desks; and Mr. Art, the eternal flirt who was eventually fired for taking things too far.
But a true dreamboat who looked like a movie star, smelled like a fashion model, quipped like debate champion AND had no romantic interest in his students? Not so much. Crushing on that kind of teacher is fun and safe, the stuff of every adolescent girl's dream.
Like for instance, Mr. Shoop in Summer School. Before Mark Harmon solved crimes against the navy, he was the adorable yet lazy summer school teacher forced to babysit a band of misfit students who couldn't pass a basic proficiency exam. He's funny and sarcastic, cool and laid back, and most importantly of all, he rebuffs cute and perky Courtney Thorne-Smith when she makes a move on him. Who wouldn't want him teaching their kids? :)
Unfortunately, I never ran into these kinds of teachers. Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of teachers who cared, even went out of their way to teach me and help me excel. They just weren't droolworthy specimens of pedagogic manhood. But maybe that's a good thing. Given my teenage penchant for distraction, I probably wouldn't have learned a darn thing.
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So what about you dear readers? Which teen movie idol teachers come to mind? Who do you wish had been in your classroom?