Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Coming to Theaters This Fall: Education Continues to Be a Topic That Appeals to Filmmakers, If Not in Hollywood, Then Elsewhere around the Country

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Coming to Theaters This Fall: Education Continues to Be a Topic That Appeals to Filmmakers, If Not in Hollywood, Then Elsewhere around the Country

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THE LOTTERY

April 23 is the turning point in this emotional film about children seeking admission to the Harlem Success Academy, a prestigious charter school in New York City. Skillfully produced, The Lottery presents the disturbing tale of how the luck of a draw in a charter school lottery determines the educational options for thousands of children each year.

Director Madeleine Sackler focuses on four soon-to-be-kindergartners and their devoted parents. Among the disturbing scenes is a public meeting where parents and community activists vow to fight to the death to prevent this charter school with a record of success from acquiring space in their neighborhood public school. The opponents win, which limits the enrollment at the charter school to 475, though thousands of families are eager to enroll their children. An equally disturbing scene shows hundreds of black parents waiting passively during the lottery at the Harlem Armory to learn their children's educational fate.

Regardless of where you stand on the question of charters, you can't leave this movie without asking yourself, "Should this really be happening in America?"

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THE CARTEL

This alleged documentary about American education is, in fact, little more than a sustained rant against public schools in New Jersey. …

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