I’ve been a teacher for the past 16 years. During this time I’ve seen dozens of movies and TV shows that involve an unspoken premise, that somehow it’s easy to enter the teaching profession. Like any other job, you show up, interview, get hired, and start. Or often, after many failed attempts at “real” jobs, you decide to settle for being a teacher. So you just start. Somehow.
A little like knocking on the door of Yankee Stadium and asking for a tryout.
This week’s episode of Frasier shows Dr. Crane in full Dr. Crane mode, attempting to parlay his charm and celebrity into full-professor status. (Just being Doctor Frasier Crane isn’t good enough; Professor Crane is the title he seeks.) Without giving too much away, let’s just say that in the episode, it’s tougher than it looks. There’s a process and a review board and Frasier is reminded that these promotions take years, regardless of celebrity status.
Yeah, it was weird how on the first episode of the reboot the gentlemen of Harvard just let him waltz in and be a teacher, but this time they got it right.