Remember “Waiting for Superman,” the pro-charter school propaganda movie of a few years ago that blamed public schools and public school teachers for the country’s educational ills? If you had forgotten it, please forget it again. But you may want to give its director, Davis Guggenheim, another chance and take a look at his latest movie, “Teach,” which is set to air this evening on CBS TV at 7, Central Time.
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I haven’t seen the new movie, but colleagues in the educational community give it much better reviews than Guggenheim’s previous effort deserved. Check out one review and a trailer by clicking on the link below.
“Teach” follows the working lives of four teachers as it tries to make the basic point that great teachers – not high-stakes testing and other get-rich schemes of education privateers – make great schools. We knew that already, of course, but all too often the truth gets buried in political myths and rubbish.
This movie doesn’t have much to say about the financial difficulties of being a teacher or what we as a society must do to help teachers stay in the profession and provide them with all the resources they need to help their students succeed. But this time, at least, Guggenheim puts the education focus where it needs to be.