blackboard jungle


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blackboard jungle

1. Schools viewed as a broad group or category. The term implies that they have many pitfalls and difficulties. After working in the blackboard jungle for 20 years, retirement is much more appealing than continuing to teach multiplication tables.
2. A school in which the students are particularly unruly. Teachers keep quitting because that school is a blackboard jungle. You have a good chance of being physically harmed if you teach there.
See also: jungle

blackboard jungle

a school, or schools in general, with violent and uncontrollable pupils.
See also: jungle
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Dadier, a beginning teacher in the film Blackboard Jungle (Berman, 1955).
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During his previous 13-year stint in RTE, Ray's TV presenting gigs included The Den, The Rose of Tralee, and Blackboard Jungle.
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While incorporating classics of the teen genre such as Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause, the John Hughes oeuvre and more recent examples such as Mean Girls and Juno, Driscoll also considers teen horror films, teen comedies, the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, films such as Kids and Clockwork Orange that invite moral panic-style readings of the activities of young people, and what she calls 'teen films for grown-ups', such as Almost Famous.
The selfless public servant, Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford), subdued the Blackboard jungle in 1955; years later, Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) in Stand and Deliver inspired his East Los Angeles students to success in Advanced Placement Calculus; in 1989, John Keating (Robin Williams) created a Dead Poets Society to reach even the most cynical students at an elite private school.