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The Bottom Line in Education, 1980 to the Present

Tells how the 1983 report "Nation at Risk" damaged public confidence in America's school system and spurred attempts at educational reform. Looks at such things as vouchers, charter schools, and privatization as challenges to the historical concept of a common school.
2001; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)

College on the Cheap: Entrepreneurs Reinvent Higher Education

In this episode of Dan Rather Reports, Rather interviews two California entrepreneurs who created a solution to affordable higher education. Also included is an investigation into the rapidly growing population of Burmese Pythons in Florida.
2016; 2012

Crafting of America's Schools [electronic resource]

The call for national standards and tests created a major debate in our country over who should be setting the educational agenda and what should be taught in our nation's schools. Join Ted Sizer and members of the Coalition of Essential Schools as they outline a process to help communities take local responsibility for their schools. Viewers will go inside Noble High School, Berwick, ME; O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, CA; and Fenway Middle College High School, Boston, MA. Learn about the concept of localism from Ted Sizer, the founder of the Coalition of Essential schools. Understand the need for each school to reflect its own community in their quest for excellence. Hear compelling arguments about increasing quality through local design which puts the decisions for educatio [...]
2014; 1997

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

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 teac [...]

The Lottery

Charter school experience for four African American families.
Clemons (Stacks)

Making Schools Work: A Roadmap for Recovery

Amidst a gloomy climate of failing schools and the stringent No Child Left Behind legislation, some communities have created a small revolution, achieving gains with children others had given up on--with implications for schools nationwide. In this penetrating documentary, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith travels from inner city to rural town to observe how some districts and reform models are making a difference: the Success for All reading program; the Comer Process; KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program; and High Schools That Work, a program that links academics to work-oriented learning. The video also spotlights important district-wide reforms in New York City, San Diego, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The lesson? Learn from schools that work, spread their methods [...]
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map

Most Likely to Succeed

"Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary examining the history of U.S. education, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that engage students, energize teachers, and lead to deep, retained learning. MLTS premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of more than two dozen festivals. To date, Most Likely To Succeed has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change."--Publisher.
2017; 2015

Rethinking High School: Best Practice in Action

The authors take viewers directly into the classrooms at Best Practice High School, where real kids and teachers are cocreating a rich curriculum and supportive community. A new inner city school was the setting for putting into practice ideas from the book Best Practice : New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America's Schools, 2nd ed. (1998).
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Ten9eight: Shoot for the Moon

Ten9Eight chronicles the inspirational stories of several teens from low-income communities (from Harlem to Compton and all points in between) as they compete in the 2008 "National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge" annual business plan competition sponsored by National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).; Special features: trailer; interview with the director; stories of Rahfeal, Huong, Eric, Sekeithia; performances by Eric, Sekeithia, Howard, Empire Group; teaching guide.
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)

Your Weekly Address: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot February 14, 2015.

In this week's address, the President lays out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.