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This is completely unfair. This movie is doing what it was SUPPOSED to, which is start a conversation. The director has already been in panels with the head of one of the main teacher's unions, and EVERYONE agreed that making sure to help support and maintain good teachers is the top priority, NOT protecting mediocrity within our school systems. When making the movie, Davis already stated that a lot of reforms that are new had not happened yet. By and large, the teacher's unions have proved largely receptive to critisim, open to change and innovation, and are willing to work with us all in providing some solutions. That stance had NOT come out before this movie, and is a credit to it's worth.

This is absurd. You went to this movie and were forced to think, to feel! You were moved to action. That is what a piece of art is supposed to do! The fact that the majority of charter schools are doing no better than their counterparts WAS MENTIONED in the movie itself. I am sick, sick sick of people refusing to see the opportunity that charter schools provide: we can see WHAT IS WORKING, and also see what is NOT. There is a chance to look at what successful schools are doing, and see if we can replicate some of it in our public schools. The movie was highlighting what some successful schools are doing, and some of the children that wanted to go. I went to both public and private schools growing up, and now work as an after-school provider of college support to low-income youth. Too long we have allowed mediocrity to dictate school policy, at the expense of our children. This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue; this is an AMERICAN issue.

Now, a movie comes out that points out how some schools are succeeding and starts a discussion among educators, union leaders, parents, reporters, critics, philanthropists and politicians for the FIRST TIME, and some angry reporters want to denigrate it?

Is this helping the discussion? Can we can all agree some things need changing in our public schools if 20% of high school 9th graders cannot find the UNITED STATES on a world map!?

Can we agree that throwing money at the problem is NOT going to fix it if there is no innovation in curriculum, in support for teachers, for personal development for administrators and staff, for more responsibility for student performance in the unions, and for more attention paid by all of us in all of our communities to make sure that our children are taught well?

Oh, no, we were all too busy shooting the messenger, having editorial tantrums, shifting the blame, continuing partisan mudslinging, and IGNORING the chance we have to really focus on making schools a dynamic, fun, engaging, and compelling place where our children learn.

God forbid people see this movie. It might encourage them to think, discuss, and most importantly, ACT.

Posted by DivineLioness on 11/03/2010 at 4:13 PM

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