We all remember the buzz around Waiting for Superman. It got everyone talking about the "problems" in education. Trouble is, the movie is badly flawed with oodles of inaccurate data. (I am not going to go into this - it is widely documented.) But how did this movie get out there? Well, with names like Gates, Broad, and Guggenheim behind it, along with their money of course, the message was heard. Public education is the devil and charter schools are our salvation. Yeah. Right.
But there are four other films out there that are worth our time and address REAL issues and REAL solutions. The problem? They do not have big names and big money behind them. They are relying on local screenings to get their films seen. Each film tackles similar issues in a different way, emphasizing different facets of the complex world that is education. Combined, they tell a more global picture.
I have been doing my part to get the word out to my colleagues through e-mails and Facebook, but that's not enough. The general public needs to see these films. The general public needs to be made aware of the data and issues.
Below are the titles and web sites for each film. Please share this info with folks you know. Society needs to be educated before it can be a part of the dialogue about real reform.
Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture
The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman