Let’s open up discussion on this topic of charter schools, and reactions to The Lottery. I thought it was a thought-provoking movie, yet clearly one-sided (as I said at the Schooling the World event, no one makes movies about folks who hold a balanced perspective. I guess it’s too boring.)
I know that I was brought to tears by the situations presented in the movie. Some of those families had rough lives to say the least. Yet they dream so much for their children. Heartbreaking and touching all at once.
But, I couldn’t help but feel manipulated by the movie. Are the teachers’ unions in NYC really that evil? What about the parents who felt so strongly about keeping their school building? And, what about charter schools that are failing too?
I think it is clear that SOME charter schools have made GREAT GAINS in otherwise failing school districts. What they’ve done proves that students from these neighborhoods CAN succeed. Other charter schools have ended in scandal, or they continue to be funded even if they are failing as well.
Dr. Lenkowsky (and our wonderful Hani) offered this publication as one to expand our discussion on the topic: http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/does-school-choice-work. It seems to give a more balanced view on the topic.