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Charter School Porn.
What a lovely description by Leonie Haimson.
Teachers who have seen the porn trailer in theaters have been averting their eyes but them emerge hopping mad. These are not old grizzled vets like me, but some the younger and newer public school teachers.
So some of them decided to make their own film and ye old camera toting guy is assisting. It will be a serious film but with lots of interesting hi jinx to promote it. Can't say more yet.
Here is are posts on the film by Steve Koss and Leonie:
Waiting for Superman: the book
Hardly a surprise to see it now; it was inevitable.
Subject: [nyceducationnews] Waiting for Superman: the book
Waiting for "Superman" : How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools
Available September 14, 2010. Each book includes a $15 gift card from DonorsChoose.org to give to a classroom in need.
Some teachers are calling for a boycott of Donor's Choice for supporting the film.
Here is a response at Leonie's parent blog:
“It’s gonna grab people much deeper than An Inconvenient Truth, because watching ice caps melt doesn’t have the human quality of watching these kids being denied something you know will change their lives,” Klein says. “It grabs at you. It should grab at you. Those kids are dying."
Geoffrey Canada's charter schools have class sizes of twenty or fewer in all grades, and yet the administration refuses to reduce class size to similar levels.