The White Shadow

Season 3 Episode 14

Burnout

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 09, 1981 on CBS
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Mr. Mackey, Carver's history teacher, is frustrated over the casual attitude of Carver's black students, feeling they have no idea what his generation went through. He stops caring and shows signs of teacher burnout by refusing to maintain order and discipline in his class and handing out undeserved grades. Rutherford, who admires him, is especially distraught by his attitude.moreless

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  • One of the better episodes of Season 3.

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    Anyone who's a teacher or who has worked in som capacity with teenagers needs to watch this episode. It's very easy to throw your heart into such a job, and, at first, you get admiring looks and wide-eyed enthusiasm. But, sometimes, the longer you stay in the job, the more you have to deal with new generations of teens who have no idea what their predecessors went through and assume they are entitled to whatever they please.



    And, that is the struggle of Mr. Mackey, Carver's history teacher. Mackey was once an equal-rights activist and very devoted to the cause of helping black students realize that they have the ability to make a difference. At one time, Mackey could spout rhetoric forcefully and win respect. Now, a new generation of student with little to no respect for authority has taken shape, and Mackey can't deal with it. It is almost haunting to see Mackey deteriorate into indifference as he sees his attempts to educate are going nowhere; to the point where he almost has no choice but to resign. A powerful episode that teaches us all about adaptation and self-examination of whether or not we are really where we want to be in life.moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

Jesse B. Mitchell (1980-1981)

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Reeves

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

Lynne Moody

Lynne Moody

Luann Mackey

Guest Star

Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson

David Mackey

Guest Star

Ellaraino

Ellaraino

Mrs. Bradley

Guest Star

Nicholas Mele

Nicholas Mele

Tom Bellerini

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    • When Rutherford complains to Mr. Mackey that Gerald got a 91 on the history test and "hadn't cracked a book all year", it's funny Rutherford would know that when he and Gerald weren't in the same class.

    • In a discussion with Mr. Mackey, Coach Reeves refers to Rutherford as his "power forward." From observing his play in this season, Rutherford's skills seem to match more of that of a small forward (outside shooting, ball-handling, quickness). Eddie Franklin and Falahey seem more like power forwards.

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