Last night, a group of ERS employees viewed a new documentary on the nation’s education disparity. The film, by Academy Award-winning director Davis Gugghenheim, compellingly shows how American education has fallen behind in the last few decades and how reformers, alongside community members and parents, have made progress recently.
One of the film’s main emphases is the difference effective teachers can make on students’ education. Geoffrey Canada, the renowned educator and founder of Harlem Children’s Zone who is featured prominently in the film, remarked that seeing a great teacher is like watching a superb musician or athlete.
With both heart-wrenching interviews of parents struggling to improve their children’s seemingly hopeless situations to exceptional animations that illustrated statistics and other important points in an easy-to-follow manner, the movie is definitely memorable.
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