Here are a few films on the system of education in the United States, especially in New York, to watch or put on your film queue.
Waiting for Superman and The Lottery.
After watching these films, read some of these counter-narratives to get an overall perspective on the education debate (taken from my program blog at TC):
“Waiting for Superman” site and trailer http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7655
TC article on the screening of “Waiting for Superman”
Rethinking School’s “NOT Waiting for Superman” movement
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/opinion/l08educ.html?_r=2&part Series of letters to the editors entitled "Who Will Rescue America’s Schools?" http://neatoday.org/2010/10/05/waiting-for-superman-resources/
National Education Association’s collection of resources http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2010/10/were-still-waiting-for-superman-here-in.html
“We’re still waiting for Superman here in Charterland” (A charter school parent speaks out)
DemocracyNow! analysis of “Waiting for Superman”
Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública response to the film
The Nation article on the film
Trailer for “A Community Concern” a documentary on the power of community organizing to improve public education. Offers one counter-narrative to “Waiting for Superman”
Trailer for “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman” offers another counter-narrative to “Waiting for Superman”
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