Posts tagged #public education

Thanks for calling me glossy

There's a line I love in Miss Congeniality 2 (I know, not exactly highbrow cinema, but we can't be serious ALL the time!). Sandra Bullock gets in a fight with Regina King and calls her "sister." Regina says, "You didn't just call me sister. I don't recall seeing a skinny, white-ass girl growing up at the table." and Sandra responds, "First of all... thank you for calling me skinny." So I'm going to start my response to this review of TEACHED Vol. I: "TEACHED Documentaries Offer Glossy Propaganda" with: Thank you for calling me glossy!

And So It Begins (Sigh)

If you look on the TEACHED Facebook page, in a response to our post on Nov. 15th, you will see the first of what I expect will be many attempts to disparage the film project (and me) as we get noticed. There are a LOT of people who benefit from our education system remaining just as it is, no matter how unfair that is to some children, and it looks like someone's already been doing and disseminating research to try to tie me into some imagined group of "corporate reformers trying to destroy public education." Of course, the truth is I have committed most of my career (and volunteer time) trying to improve public education for low-income, minority students, and our film's budget definitely doesn't bring to mind the word "corporate," but this is a political and ideological (not a moral) issue for many people. Instead of arguing the issues, many of those who benefit from today's education structure would rather deflect the public's attention away from the issues by disparaging anyone who wants the public to consider them more closely.
Posted on November 18, 2011 .