“The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman” is being shown around the country this week as part of the Save Our Schools March and Movement! Read more ….
NYC Teachers Counter ‘Waiting For Superman’ With Film Of Their Own.
What did “Waiting For ‘Superman'” get wrong?
A grassroots group of parents and teachers pokes big holes in last year’s blockbuster documentary about America’s schools — insisting that real reform will require more than brand-conscious initiatives such as increased testing standards and access to charter schools.
The result is a new documentary, wryly titled “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman.” Read more ….
Trailer for “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman”
A group of parents and educators with Grassroots Education Movement (GEMNYC) are responding to the “Waiting for Superman” film with a film of their own. They are the real reformers. As one patent activist says, “Are you waiting for Superman? YOU are the Real Heroes.” This is the trailer. The film is expected to be released in late October.
Teachers right here in New York are facing more than just cinematic attacks—Mayor Bloomberg is laying off 4100 teachers and eliminating another 2000 teaching jobs through attrition. The Mayor blames Governor Cuomo, but the story is the same as the one we’ve heard in Wisconsin and around the country: there’s just no money for those greedy union teachers. Our friend Brian Jones and the Grassroots Education Movement have crafted a response to that message in a film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman, and they’re premiering it on May 19 in New York City.
On May 12, the teachers and a broad coalition of unions and activist groups are descending on Wall Street to make the point that there’s actually plenty of money for schools and other social programs, if only Wall Street kicked in its fair share—or if they hadn’t tanked the economy in the first place. Check out the links here for more on the May 12 action and the film premiere. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Diane Ravitch, Assistant Secretary of Education and counselor to Education Secretary Lamar Alexander under President George H. W. Bush and appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board under President Clinton. She is the author of more than 20 books. Her latest is “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.”
Brian Jones, has been an elementary school teacher in Harlem for eight years. He is part of the grassroots education movement and is narrator of the documentary, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman.”
Laura Flanders is a British-American journalist who presents the current events show GRITtv, broadcast weekdays on Link and Free Speech TV.