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11BEST - DEWEY FINN IN SCHOOL OF ROCK

Despite coming to class hungover, lying to children, parents, and principals, and generally being a hot mess, Dewey (Jack Black) is one of those teachers we all wish we’d had. For one, he cares deeply about the material he teaches and will literally jump up and down or sing

at the top of his lungs to get his students involved. He also takes different approaches to help the kids who don’t fit into the regular mold, encouraging them to be themselves. But the best part about Dewey is that he makes his students feel good about themselves, and we could all use a teacher like that.

Sure, he isn’t actually supposed to be teaching Rock 101 or giving lectures on The Man to a group of elementary schoolers. But Dewey’s enthusiasm and passion can help you overlook even the most intense of his flaws. And who wouldn’t want to have the homework assignment of listening to Rush or Yes in order to create better musical fusion the next day in class? Rock on. In addition, School of Rock opened at number one at the box office while Black went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and win an MTV Movie Award.

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