Sent to the GEM listserve.
I thought the GEM group might be interested in this write up of the August 7th Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson presentation on "Ethics in Education" at the University of Hawaii. Members of LaborFest Hawaii wrote this up. LaborFest Hawaii is showing "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman" in September for their first annual event.The authors of this report-back are among the founders of a new annual event called LaborFest Hawaii, a celebration and examination of working class and labor history and current events, and a place where working people can assess present conditions to better organize. Our first event will focus on education with a screening of the Grassroots Education Movement made documentary "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman." This film is a counter-argument to Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting for Superman" which targeted teacher unions and pushed privatization, charter schools, and the business model of education. Guggenheim advocates the same austerity-based, anti-union, anti-teacher, and ultimately anti-student reform regime championed by Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, and others.
One may assume that the issue of the cheating scandals in the District of Columbia was not covered in this lecture. Nor did she likely mention that she is being sued in federal court for firing a whistleblower who wanted to reveal the cheating in his school.
AFTERBURN:MORE at http://dianeravitch.net/2012/