Before I went back to school to become a teacher, I studied film. I still love reading about and watching films and always make my students guess how many movies I’ve seen (somewhere around 2200…and I know there are more I’m not counting). But there is one movie I won’t be watching. This movie will join its recent propagandist siblings Waiting for Superman, The Lottery, and any other school that pretends to be about reform, but is really just another inaccurate portrait of our nation’s public education system created by Hollywood. And it’s a shame because if there’s anything I’ve learned from teaching it’s that people believe movies all too often. Let’s hope that’s just not true with this one. I’m all about helping mobilize students and their parents to improve schools, but not at the cost of disparaging educators and the unions that help keep veteran teachers in the classroom and maintain any kind of professional dignity teachers are afforded.
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