Race to Nowhere - Movie about "broken" education system

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    There's a thread about the broken system, called "Waiting for 'Superman'":
    http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/
    and here's another movie about the same thing:

    http://www.racetonowhere.com/

    The Superman movie shows a system outside my experience. Low performing schools in poor areas. The Race movie shows the system of my experience. High performing, pressure, performance crazed.

    Which is real? Will one solution solve both problems?
     
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    The people who believe there's one magic bullet to fix all the problems are the people who insist that the scripts in packaged curricula MUST be followed to the letter and that children MUST have test-prep drill for months before the test date.
     
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    Someone needs to do this experiment.

    Take a high performing school and a low performing school.

    Swap the kids or the teachers (kids would give a more accurate result, teachers would be easier to do).

    See what happens.

    My guess is that the performance of both schools would remain the same. And I think there's even a chance that the low performing school would go down and the high performing school would go up for reasons only a teacher can understand.
     
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    I wonder if Michelle Rhee even believes that a scripted curriculum will solve the problems of the students in my district? I'd love to ask her. Would an over-achieving, over-competitive, over-scheduled, over-stressed future AP student be better educated in elementary with a script?

    I think the Superman movie focuses only on DC-like districts.

    On the other hand, Race to Nowhere points out that even if students in DC became high-scorers, there is still nowhere to go - as evidenced by the "successful" students here who perform but don't learn, hide failures, avoid risk, try to "look" smart even if it means cheating, and feel a constant sense of not being good enough.

    What is the gray area between these two extremes?
     
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    Oh, wow! That looks SO good too. I can't wait to see it. Too bad it's only screening in California. :( I think I'm gonna pre-order the DVD.

    I'm going to be a nerd and watch them back to back. :woot:

    Edit: Shelley, I loved that article. Thanks for posting.
     
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    I'd like to see them back to back, too. We're eduwonks! Haha!

    I'm glad you liked the article. :D
     
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    Thank you for sharing both links. I was having a bad day today after looking at the common core standards and thinking how the hell are we suppose to teach all of that to all of our students. And why is some of it so important that it is expected of all students? But watching both movie trailers reminded me of why I became a teacher...to make a difference!
    I do believe that good teachers can make a difference. We are not the only factor in our students' success but we are an important factor.
     

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