Date(s) - 06/04/13
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Church of the Redeemer
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The Inconvenient Truth Behind ‘Waiting For Superman’
A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film, Waiting for “Superman.” Guggenheim’s film would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and above all, the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great schools.
The film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman highlights the real life experiences of public school parents and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting education. The film talks about the kinds of real reform–inside schools and in society as a whole–that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.
One of the filmmakers, educator Brian Jones (also known for his role in Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho”), will conduct a Q&A session after the film.
THE FILMMAKERS SAY:
Since the official premiere of GEM’s film at the Assembly Hall of The Riverside Church in Harlem on May 19, 2011 featuring historian Diane Ravitch as our honored guest, our free offer of the DVD and permission to copy and distribute copies of the film have produced an estimated 15,000 copies in circulation. Requests have come in from all 50 states and 6 continents. Screenings have been set up by unions, parent groups, college professors and libraries all over the nation, in India, Turkey, England, New Zealand and Australia. Demand has been so great, we are currently working on a Spanish language version of the 67 minute film.
Doors open at 6:30, Film at 7. Light Refreshments. Potluck.
At Church of the Redeemer, Parish Hall, 30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria, NY 11102-3249. Enter at the gate at Crescent Street and corner of 30th Road, walk all the way back to the Parish Hall. Screening is on first floor