What we call “standard” English is deeply embedded in cultural hierarchies that are often left unspoken. To address those hierarchies draws attention to the larger social context in which our teaching takes place—and to challenge that larger social context may bring chaos into our classrooms. Or so it would seem. In the 1966 film To Sir with Love, Sidney Poitier plays a Black Guyanese engineer who, when he cannot find a position as an engineer, accepts a teaching position in a tough London school. Almost all of his students are white and working class. Racial and class tensions are turned on their ear in this film. White teenagers must confront their own racism as they engage with the social hierarchy through poignant and often unexpected struggles.