Key and Peele sportscenter teacher parody: New sketch imagines teachers as athletes (VIDEO).

Key & Peele Imagines What It’d Be Like if We Obsessed Over Teachers the Way We Do Athletes

Key & Peele Imagines What It’d Be Like if We Obsessed Over Teachers the Way We Do Athletes

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July 28 2015 3:56 PM

Key & Peele Imagines What It’d Be Like if We Obsessed Over Teachers the Way We Do Athletes

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By now, the lament about how our culture privileges athletics over education is an old one—but Key & Peele has breathed new life into it in their latest sketch, “TeachersCenter.” A spot-on parody of SportsCenter’s hyperbole-laden talking heads, busy CGI ticker screens, and obsessive play-by-plays, the clip cleverly reimagines athletes as the educators we entrust our children to every day.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a biting critique that says a lot about the economic and symbolic power we assign to an industry in which men are considered exceptional for throwing a ball. But the best part of “TeachersCenter” might just be the incredible ads dropped in throughout—being a teacher has never looked so sexy.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.