Monday, June 27, 2011

Be Inspired

7 comments:

Team Carroll said...

Oh, how this documentary tugged at my heart. Eye opening and SAD!!! My heart was breaking for those sweet kids!!! Great documentary!

Cara :)
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Fran Kramer said...

This was an amazing movie. Every teacher and every administrator should see this important documentary. We need to have conversations about it with each other. Have you seen The Race to Nowhere? It addresses the amount of testing we are doing in our classrooms. Lots of tears...
Fran@kindergartencrayons

ScrapinShana said...

I had to see this movie because of all the talk about it on Oprah. I wasn't sure what to expect when I rented it from Redbox. It was eyeopening and truly made me want to be the best teacher I can be. I felt heartbroken for those kids waiting for their numbers to be called!

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

this was so interesting! i had mixed feelings about it all!

Mrs. Lochridge said...

@ Team Carroll: I found myself so tense when they were drawing to see if the children were accepted into their charter schools. I even cried at the end when the little boy was staring at the picture of his father. It was definitely an emotional movie for me.

@ScrapinShana: I wholeheartedly agree that this movie inspires me to be the best teacher that I can be.

@Lindsey: I had a lot of mixed feelings, too. There are a lot of aspects within education that need fixing. I always want to be the "superman" and try to fix it all. I guess I'll start by being the best educator that I can be. :)

louise.joines@cmcss.net said...

I have not saw this movie as of yet. I have read many articles on this movie. David G. who made this documentary has never attended a public school (He actually went to "Sidwell Friends" where President Obamas' children attend). His children have never went to a public school. Nor has he set foot in the public school he passes while taking his daughters to their lavish private school, that no charter school will ever measure up to. Michelle Rhee does not seem as a professional as she used the word "crappy" and does not really explain anything definite. What kind of person wants to fire someone on film for the world to see. She fired many people in DC but did she ever ask what can be done to make this school better. That is the major problem with public education rather than listen to the workers in the field politicians would rather make laws (NCLB) that really do more harm than good. Most charter schools do not have to follow these laws. Also Jerrery Canada's salary is 5oo thousand dollars a year. He also receives millions of dollars in private funds that know public school could ever receive. That principal in the documentary makes 400 thousand dollars a year. Most charter schools hire teachers who have no degree and pay them significantly less and no medical benefits. I feel the documentary and the Oprah show are a one sided view. Let's face it there are many wonderful public schools and public school teachers who were never mentioned, but could have been (a one sided view).

Mrs. Lochridge said...

This movie touches on many controversial topics and ideas. However, the gist is that the field of education needs more equity and accountability. It was sad to see the hopes of at risk children placed upon the ideals of charter schools. While I had mixed feelings, and you touch upon many of them, it moved me to continue to better my craft and help inspire my colleagues to do the same. Thank you for the background. Things are never as they seem. I would love to hear your input after seeing the movie, as well.

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