Results tagged “Geoffrey Canada”

GEOFFREY CANADA- THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM WE NEED IF AMERICA IS TO SURVIVE (Geoffrey Canada-Sistema de Educación Pública que necesitamos si AMERICA ES PARA SOBREVIVIR)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The following video is well worth the half hour or so it will take to watch it. It focuses on the same issues that we at perdaily have been trying to get across for the last 2 years as to what is at stake in purposefully failed public education system in a crisis of a magnitude that threatens the very future of this country. Like all those serious about real and quantifiable public education reform, Canada finds that this truth is something most people outside of education and even those in government charged with fixing public education, have yet to fully comprehend. But Canada has the data and the experience to know just how true this statement is in a country where 75% of those applying to the U.S. military are rejected as unqualified either for physical or mental abilities.

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01 2012

Waiting for Superman: "Mild-Mannered" LAUSD Superintendent Cortines Has Never Aspired To Be Superman ("Afable" Cortines Superintendent LAUSD Nunca ha aspirado a ser Superman)

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(en español después) On Monday night I went to the premiere of Waiting for Superman at Paramount Studios. Afterward I briefly talked with both Harlem Children's Zone Geoffrey Canada and the film's makers Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott at the reception following the screening. Apropos of being aware of my own lack of knowledge about public education reform on the macro American and multinational level, I keep coming back to the naive black and white polemics that seem to dominate the discussion of public education reform here in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Having been in the motion picture industry for many years prior to getting into education, I am well aware of how creativity can distort and manipulate emotions to justify something that in reality is quite different and maybe even reprehensible. I guess this is why I prefer the color gray which attempts to take the valid points from black and white positions to formulate a better and more comprehensive solution for what is wrong with public education. Of course, this tends to put me in the middle of a battlefield where I take fire from both sides, but that's maybe why I'm a teacher and maybe also a reason for teacher tenure as a necessary shield against the reprisals for telling the truth that I am presently being subjected to by LAUSD.

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09 2010

Grandfather of Waiting for Superman - The Prequel - "Just the facts"

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(en español después) Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott's Waiting for Superman opens on Friday and perdaily will devote our post to reviewing it tomorrow. To bring the vast minions of perdaily readership up to speed on the film and the furor it is creating with my colleagues in education, I would like to give you a sneak preview today of some of the facts the film presents and/or spins as the case may be. As one of my childhood heros LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday as portrayed in the television series Dragnet used to say, "I am interested in the facts, just the facts:":
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