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“Monsieur Lazhar” Gets Teaching Right—Or Does It?

Alice (Sophie Nélisse) in "Monsieur Lazhar." (Courtesy of Music Box Films)

Think about it: teachers are usually represented as domineering, if not cruel, or as boringly pompous pendants, or both. Alternately, of course, they are shown as dazzlingly inspirational, as courageous mavericks.