Director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “Waiting for Superman” sheds light on the failings of the American public education system, but as we mentioned earlier this week, not every school is a failure — so long as they’re rooted in fiction, that is.
Likewise, there are many students that have passed through the halls of movie high schools that students today can look up to and admire for a whole variety of reasons. After the jump, check out five of our favorite students in film history!
An orphan who is unwittingly separated from his loving parents, young Evan Taylor can hear music in absolutely everything. When he travels to New York to find his folks, he transforms himself into August Rush, a brilliant composer whose skills are only refined further thanks to his enrollment at the Juilliard School. Note that we’re not advocating running away from home, little ones, but if you can hear music in the world, sometimes it’s best to follow your ear.
Bill & Ted
Dudes, I know that Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan aren’t the brightest bulbs of the bunch, but you can’t say that these two high school doofuses haven’t given it their best effort. Heck, they traveled all the way back through time and met some of history’s finest figures all in an effort to ace a history paper and save the future. That’s the kind of dedication that every student should have!
Definitely not the best role model when it comes to test scores and staying on top of your homework, Cher Horowitz is nonetheless a student to look up to. Perhaps a bit self-centered at first, Alicia Silverstone’s “Clueless” character eventually becomes a selfless matchmaker for her friends and teachers, donating plenty of her time to extracurricular activities and still maintaining a social life. Plus, she’s gorgeous, so there’s that!
Like Cher, I’m not going to suggest you follow Ferris Bueller when it comes to studying habits. But Ferris is a natural genius and a gifted charmer, whose carefree attitude is definitely something to aspire to. “Life moves pretty fast,” he wisely advises his audience. “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Words to live by, my friends — just make sure you don’t follow his staying-home-from-school tricks too often.
Finally, a student who actually studies! One could make the argument that Hermione hits the books a little bit too hard, but then they would be forgetting the fact that she also has time to battle Voldemort and his Death Eaters between study sessions. Not only is Hermione a warrior of the classroom, she’s a true wizard on the battlefield as well.
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