Thursday, September 16, 2010

Education and Film

Based on a recent email: Contributing to the national and state dialogues regarding education are several films that will have screenings in our area.


This documentary will be shown tonight, September 16, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune Center at Northwestern University.
Prefer to watch online? There's a short (11 minute), medium and full length version.
Told from the perspectives of students, parents, teachers & business leaders, the film exposes striking differences between the resources and expectations that foster learning in suburban and urban high schools.

This film was produced by United We Learn, an organization founded after Rev. Meeks brought several hundred students and parents from Chicago schools to New Trier in an effort to highlight the inequity in school funding in Illinois. The Education They Deserve includes interviews with several New Trier students and two current and former teachers.


From the director of An Inconvenient Truth, David Guggenheim, Waiting for Superman (trailer here) offers a critical view of the state of American schools through interviews with students, parents, and education reformers from around the nation. The film opens in select theatres on September 24.


On Sept. 30th from 7 - 9 p.m. the Glencoe PTO will be screening the documentary Race to Nowhere at Misner Auditorium at Central School. The film (trailer here) examines the effect that the pressure to achieve has on the lives of several students. The Future of Education's Steve Hargadon will be interviewing the director, Vicki Abeles on November 2nd.

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