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Don't Blame Teachers Unions for Our Failing Schools [electronic resource]: A Debate

Intelligence Squared
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Teachers unions: They're powerful, they're defensive, and they're stubborn. And if it seems their leadership places a premium on protecting its members-above all other interests-we should not be surprised, because protecting jobs and wages is what unions were created to do. Critics argue that unions are shielding too many teachers who do their jobs poorly-teachers who should be replaced, for the good of the children. Some claim that teachers unions, as presently constructed, weaken America's schools more than any other factor. But can it really be that simple? In ranking blame for what's wrong with the nation's classrooms, do teachers unions really come before slashed budgets? Or crumbling infrastructure, broken homes, and the influence of narcotics? Do unions really protect bad teachers and undermine education?
Release Date
2010
Run Time
100 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 01, 2014.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Part of the series Intelligence Squared.
Contents
  • Why This Debate Now? (2:41)
  • Debate "Housekeeping" (2:37)
  • Opening Statement For: Randi Weingarten (7:21)
  • Opening Statement Against: Terry Moe (7:47)
  • Opening Statement For: Kate McLaughlin (7:31)
  • Opening Statement Against: Rod Paige (8:00)
  • Opening Statement For: Gary Smuts (7:45)
  • Opening Statement Against: Larry Sand (7:43)
  • Pre-Debate Vote Results (0:36)
  • QA: Are Teachers Unions Against Charter Schools? (7:59)
  • QA: Correlation Between Unions and Results (6:12)
  • QA: Have Unions Helped Parents Choose Good Teachers? (8:02)
  • QA: How Many Teachers in New York Were Fired This Year? (5:51)
  • QA: Why Not Give Parents Choice? (12:01)
  • QA: Salary Reduction to Benefit Kids (0:58)
  • QA: Who Are Gatekeepers? (2:00)
  • QA: Should Unions be Faulted for Defending Teachers? (2:21)
  • Closing Statement Against: Larry Sand (2:36)
  • Closing Statement For: Garry Smuts (2:39)
  • Closing Statement Against: Rod Paige (1:30)
  • Closing Statement For: Kate McLaughlin (1:58)
  • Closing Statement Against: Terry Moe (2:15)
  • Closing Statement For: Randi Weingarten (2:29)
  • Time to Vote (2:16)
  • Results of Audience Vote (0:39)
  • Credits: Don't Blame Teachers Unions for Our Failing Schools: A Debate (0:21)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2014], c2010.
Publisher no.
58311 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (100 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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    a| Why This Debate Now? (2:41) -- Debate "Housekeeping" (2:37) -- Opening Statement For: Randi Weingarten (7:21) -- Opening Statement Against: Terry Moe (7:47) -- Opening Statement For: Kate McLaughlin (7:31) -- Opening Statement Against: Rod Paige (8:00) -- Opening Statement For: Gary Smuts (7:45) -- Opening Statement Against: Larry Sand (7:43) -- Pre-Debate Vote Results (0:36) -- QA: Are Teachers Unions Against Charter Schools? (7:59) -- QA: Correlation Between Unions and Results (6:12) -- QA: Have Unions Helped Parents Choose Good Teachers? (8:02) -- QA: How Many Teachers in New York Were Fired This Year? (5:51) -- QA: Why Not Give Parents Choice? (12:01) -- QA: Salary Reduction to Benefit Kids (0:58) -- QA: Who Are Gatekeepers? (2:00) -- QA: Should Unions be Faulted for Defending Teachers? (2:21) -- Closing Statement Against: Larry Sand (2:36) -- Closing Statement For: Garry Smuts (2:39) -- Closing Statement Against: Rod Paige (1:30) -- Closing Statement For: Kate McLaughlin (1:58) -- Closing Statement Against: Terry Moe (2:15) -- Closing Statement For: Randi Weingarten (2:29) -- Time to Vote (2:16) -- Results of Audience Vote (0:39) -- Credits: Don't Blame Teachers Unions for Our Failing Schools: A Debate (0:21)
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