2010: Year of the education documentary

Four documentaries on urban schools are out this summer, reports USA Today.

Teached, directed by activist and one-time Teach For America corps member Kelly Amis: It tackles teacher tenure, bureaucracy and “anti-child work rules that permeate every school in America,” among other issues.

The Cartel, directed by former TV news anchor and reporter Bob Bowdon: It takes on the “unconscionable failure” of New Jersey’s public schools.

The Lottery, an intimate look at four families’ attempts to get their children into an oversubscribed Harlem charter school.

•The biggest and flashiest of the four? Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for … An Inconvenient Truth.

Why so many documentaries? School reform “has gone mainstream,” Fordham’s Mike Petrilli says. Plus Americans like stories about “how small groups of people can change the world.”

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  1. Mom-of-2 says:

    Don’t forget:
    The War on Kids

    I haven’t seen it, but I do remember reading about it. It makes the case that schools have become more prison-like over the years, and that students are subject to ever more punitive levels of control.

  2. I’m currently doing as much research as possible before applying to Teach For America. I’m so excited about the possibility of being able to step into these wonderful people’s shoes and continue the work that they’ve begun.

    I keep having this feeling that my generation, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of something great — a revolution in the way that we relate to each other and in how we define success. It isn’t just about the material wealth of the individual anymore. It’s about something greater, something more profound. Efforts like this are leading the way.


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