ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Walter White, the “Breaking Bad” teacher gone bad, has just been examined under a harsh new light of education philosophy and found to be wanting. He is not just a bad teacher; he is a very bad teacher.
This most recent criticism is found in an article published by Samuel Chambers, a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University who teaches a class called Cultural Politics of Television.
Chambers looks at the “Breaking Bad” characters – sociopaths all – through the eyes of French writer and philosopher Jacques Rancière.
” ‘Breaking Bad’ is a story about a teacher and his student – a failed teacher and a failed student,” Chambers writes. “Walter White is a failure in his own eyes, because his career as a potentially world-famous, world-changing chemist (as a graduate student he was part of a research team that won a Nobel Prize) has turned, at the age of 50, into a career as a bored and boring high school teacher in suburban Albuquerque.”