Waiting for "Superman" - 2010 Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. The film analyzes the failures of the American public education system by following several students as they strive to be accepted into a charter school. The film received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film also received the Best Documentary Feature at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Synopsis Geoffrey Canada describes his journey as an educator and his surprise when he realizes upon entering adulthood that Superman is a fictional character and that no one is powerful enough to save us all. Throughout the documentary, different aspects of the American public education system are examined. The film also examines teacher's unions. Statistical comparisons are made between the different types of primary or secondary educational institutions available: state school, private school, and charter school. Details
What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point This was written by Rick Ayers, a former high school teacher, founder of Communication Arts and Sciences small school at Berkeley High School, and currently adjunct professor in teacher education at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-author, with his brother William Ayers, of the forthcoming "Teaching the Taboo" from Teachers College Press. This post is long, but it is worth your time. By Rick Ayers While the education filmWaiting For Superman has moving profiles of students struggling to succeed under difficult circumstances, it puts forward a sometimes misleading and other times dishonest account of the roots of the problem and possible solutions. The amped-up rhetoric of crisis and failure everywhere is being used to promote business-model reforms that are destabilizing even in successful schools and districts. Let’s examine these issues, one by one: *Waiting for Superman says that lack of money is not the problem in education. But really, who declared this war?
Global Internet Expansion: Who Will Lead the Way? [INFOGRAPHIC] According to recent Cisco research, global Internet traffic will grow nearly four-fold from 2010 -- 2015. However, that increase in traffic won’t be dominated by one region. How much will each region contribute to the worldwide traffic expansion? Just by sheer population size alone, one could assume that the Asia-Pacific region would lead in Internet traffic growth. The infographic below provides an interesting visual projection of what Internet usage will look like in 2015. Tags: 2015, infographic, internet traffic
The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman - 2011 The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman is a 2011 documentary produced by the Grassroots Education Movement. The film was directed, filmed, and edited by Julie Cavanagh, Darren Marelli, Norm Scott, Mollie Bruhn, and Lisa Donlan. It counters the position taken by the Davis Guggenheim 2010 documentary Waiting for "Superman". The title is a play on words on Guggenheim's previous documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. See also Diane Ravitch References External links Robber baron (industrialist) In social criticism and economic literature, robber baron became a derogatory term applied to wealthy and powerful 19th-century American businessmen that appeared in North American periodical literature as early as the August 1870 issue of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. By the late 1800s, the term was typically applied to businessmen who used what were considered to be exploitative practices to amass their wealth. These practices included exerting control over national resources, accruing high levels of government influence, paying extremely low wages, squashing competition by acquiring competitors in order to create monopolies and eventually raise prices, and schemes to sell stock at inflated prices to unsuspecting investors in a manner which would eventually destroy the company for which the stock was issued and impoverish investors. The term combines the sense of criminal ("robber") and illegitimate aristocracy (a baron is an illegitimate role in a republic).
The Internet of Things [INFOGRAPHIC] When we think of being connected to the Internet, our minds immediately shift to our computers, phones, and most recently tablets. This week at Cisco live, I shared that in 2008, the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. That’s right. There are more devices tapping into the Internet than people on Earth to use them. The infographic below provides a visual representation of the increase in “things” connected to the Internet. Tags: IBSG, infographic, internet, network
Lean on Me (film) 1989 The next day, Clark runs into one of the expelled youths, Thomas Sams (Jermaine Hopkins), who asks to be let back into the school. In a dramatic rooftop scene, Clark gives him a sharp lecture about crack and what can happen to Sams if he keeps on using it. Clark then dares Sams to commit suicide by jumping off the roof, but Sams, breaking down in tears, refuses and promises to clean up his act. The students take a practice version of the basic skills test, but only 33% of them pass it (the minimum passing requirement is 75%). Meanwhile, one parent, Leona Barrett (Lynne Thigpen), whose son was expelled from Eastside by Clark, aligns herself with the mayor in an effort to oust Clark. That night, while Clark is in jail and the mayor is preparing to remove him, the entire student body converges on the Central Office of the Paterson Board of Education. 1991 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Morgan Freeman (won)Outstanding Motion Picture (won)
Ravitch: 'A moment of national insanity' corporate school reformers Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011 By Valerie Strauss This was written by education historian Diane Ravitch for her Bridging Differences blog, which she co-authors with Deborah Meier on the Education Week website. Dear Deborah, I'm beginning to think we are living in a moment of national insanity. Yet the reality on the ground suggests that the corporate reform movement --- embraced by so many of those same leaders, including the president --- will set American education back, by how many years or decades is anyone's guess. Consider a few events of the past week: In Detroit, the school system will reduce its deficit by closing half the city's public schools and placing students into classes of 60. The school board of Providence, Rhode Island, sent notice to all of its teachers that they could be terminated at year's end to address its deficit. And the business leaders in Idaho have a plan to lay off 770 teachers and replace them with online learning. So much madness on the loose. Diane
Mozilla asks users to join ‘Stop SOPA & PIPA’ campaign The end of the Internet as we know it may be right around the corner — but not if the Mozilla Foundation has anything to say about it. The maker of Firefox, a non-profit organization, has launched a campaign to help block the passage of both the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ (SOPA) and the ‘Protect IP Act’ (PIPA), each of which may soon go up for a vote in Congress. Those who join the campaign are asked to call their senators and representatives and express their ardent opposition to these bills by this Tuesday. What are SOPA and PIPA, anyway? Both PIPA and SOPA aim to crack down on websites that illegally distribute copyrighted material, like movies, songs and TV shows, just as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) tried to accomplish in the past. Supporters and critics Other possible consequences of SOPA and PIPA Conclusion In short: SOPA and PIPA would likely do little to achieve their explicit goals of curbing online piracy. Watch an in-depth video explanation of PIPA
The Chorus (2004 film) The Chorus (French: Les Choristes) is a 2004 French drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. Co-written by Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval (fr), it is an adaptation of the 1945 film A Cage of Nightingales (La Cage aux rossignols), which in turn was adapted by Noël-Noël and René Wheeler from a story by Wheeler and Georges Chaperot. The plot involves the widely successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin), who returns to France when his mother dies. He reminisces about his childhood inspirations when he and his former classmate Pépinot (Didier Flamand) read the diary of their old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). Fifty years after the main story takes place, Pierre Morhange, a conductor performing in the United States, is informed that his mother has died before a concert. Morhange's single mother, Violette, arrives at the school. The final scene shows Mathieu waiting for his bus after being fired.