Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in... See full summary »
A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.
As profiled in the film "Aging Out", Risa Bejarano was a foster care success story. Recently graduated, she set out for college with multiple scholarships and a sense of excitement about ... See full summary »
Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.
Ashrita Furman holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual, including marks for "Largest Hula Hoop," "Most Apples Sliced in Mid-Air with a Samurai Sword,... See full summary »
Navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for even the most mature and privileged youth. For three young people in New York and Los Angeles, making the ... See full summary »
The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become ... See full summary »
Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system -- the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country. Written by
Heartfelt Examination of Modern Teaching Professionals
This wonderful documentary has given me a new respect for those called to serve as teachers. An often under-appreciated class of professionals is brought into focus through touching interviews and research detailing stark realities. The film introduces us to some earnest teachers that attempt to rise above the financial truth and social stigma of their chosen profession.
We see a confluence of pressures that force many of the best and brightest into other professions. The film makes a convincing case that primary and secondary school teachers are an important cornerstone of American society, but are not afforded same the respect as other professionals. If you were ever inspired by a teacher, or had a teacher that had clearly burned out, see this movie... It's not as easy as it looks.
Excellent narration by Matt Damon. Engaging and inspiring teachers profiled. May change your opinion of those that choose to teach.
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