I have to thank ABC Family for keeping me entertained in the morning. I’ve never seen their original shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager or Pretty Little Liars, but I am all about the reruns of Full House and Boy Meets World.
I have seen every episode of Full House about 784 times, but I haven’t watched BMW in forever. It’s on ridiculously early (7 a.m.), so I don’t catch it every day, but I did see the series finale last week, when Cory, Topanga, Shawn, Eric, and the rest of the gang said goodbye to each other and their beloved teacher, Mr. Feeny.
In California – and, sadly, across the United States – public school teachers are being subjected to budget cuts and unfair treatment by legislators. That’s why it was so nice to see a teacher being praised and appreciated, even if he is fictional. So, in honor of teachers, I decided to come up with a list of my favorites from television. Please, share yours!
George Feeny – George Fee-heee-hee-heeennnyyy (man, did I love Eric Matthews) was the consummate educator. He expertly guided the Boy Meets World kids (somewhat unbelievably, as they had him from the sixth grade all the way through college), teaching them both facts and the ways of the world. If you’re going to have a teacher be your neighbor, you want it to be one as awesome as Mr. Feeny.
Miss Frizzle – Who wouldn’t want a teacher that has a magical school bus that can take you everywhere from under the sea to the core of the earth? Not only did she take her students on out-of-this-world adventures, but she always did it in style, coordinating her clothes with their destination.
Edna Krabappel – OK, so this teacher from The Simpsons isn’t known for adoring her students and going out of her way to help them. But wouldn’t you be a bit off if you had to be in a room with Bart Simpson all day? It’s OK for teachers to not be super peppy all the time, and Ms. Krabappel – who once deadpanned, “No, stop, think of the children,” when Bart was poised to destroy the school with a tank – proves that.
Miss Bliss – While Saved by the Bell was far superior to Good Morning, Miss Bliss, I did really enjoy Hayley Mills as the title character. She felt real; I could honestly see her as a kind and caring middle school teacher. She was on the side of her students when they were right, and quick to help them or show them the error of their ways when they were wrong. It would have been nice for her to move to Bayside High with Zach, Lisa, and Screech but hey, at least we got to keep Mr. Belding!