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The War on Kids (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 June 2009 (USA)
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Shows how American public schools have failed in their mission to provide education, erode the country's democratic foundation by denying the most basic civil rights to youth, and often resemble prisons.


Cevin Soling
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Credited cast:
Randy Cassingham Randy Cassingham ... Interview Subject


THE WAR ON KIDS shows how American public schools continue to become more dangerously authoritarian. In addition to failing in their mission to provide education, they erode the country's democratic foundation by denying the most basic civil rights to youth and often resemble prisons. Written by Cevin Soling

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Plot Keywords:

education | youth | school | children | See All (4) »


School is the Enemy




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Release Date:

1 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Spectacle Films See more »
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Color (black & white archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Won Best Educational Documentary at NY International Independent Film and Video Festival 2009. See more »

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7 October 2013 | by Ryno LascavioSee all my reviews

First off, this is NOT a documentary. This is just another political hit piece masquerading as a "100% truthful" documentary. Michael Moore has RUINED the documentary genre with his BS docs. I was very interested in seeing the movie as the description of its contents are a real issue. Schools have become mini prisons. But this Doc makes it sound like conservative forces are ruining schools! WHAT?! For the past 25 years public schools have become more and more progressive (led by progressive unions). But the film constantly uses 1950s public service commercials to somehow "explain" the reasons for all the bad policies in the current school environment. The director of this film cannot figure out what to really complain about either. There is absolutely no one in this film that gives any positive alternatives to the so called mess schools are in. Its just one complaint session after the next. Also, they seemed to find the biggest punks in school to complain about why "school sucks man!". Gimmie a break! Whats really dangerous about a film like this is that it is target audience is kids! I saw it on a cable station (Pivot) who's target audience is millennials and current teens. This is the kind of film we find in the next school shooters DVD player AFTER hes gone on his rampage. Sad, we wonder why kids do the things they do now-a-days. Maybe we should stop giving the immature adults in this world who make pathetic hate-filled movies like this a spotlight.

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