October 20th, 2011

WATCH: New Orleans Documentary Trailer




We spent years covering Paul Vallas in New Orleans, and now we’re dedicating an entire documentary to New Orleans schools, post-Katrina.

We recently produced a trailer for the documentary:

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I look forward to seeing the whole documentary. I must admit I found it frustrating to watch(once again) operators of charter schools take full advantage of their time in the spotlight to push their well-crafted message without being challenged further. I am thinking of the one charter operator (CEO ?),who, when challenged on his schools poor record of educating disabled students respond by basically trying to define such questions as out of bounds, under the circumstances, since before Katrina they didn’t get any services either. (Be happy with what you got and don’t carp !?) Where was the follow up which challenged this logic of comparing intentional malpractice with the past’s shameful neglect? A good dose of skepticism would have been helpful here. But then again, this is only a trailer. Thank you for your continued good work.

AMAN JACK !!, and there are two sets of data. ONLY 60% of the people came back after hurricane Katrina, and a lot of them were people who had the resources to come back.

One of the most important things I want people to think about, is why the experiments? Things like no recess, and quiet lunches, are happening with certain children but not with others. I also ask that people take a long hard look at the schools in which these things are happening. Are the majority of the children in that school African Americans? Are the majority of them poor? And in the so called high performing charters, which were before the storm high performing traditional schools containing the best and the brightest, what are the population of those schools?

The Lushers, Benjamin Franklins, and Audubon montessies, do these schools have no recess and quiet lunches? Do theses schools have 90% first year teach for America teachers, with degrees in everything but teaching? And when we talk about schools that are preparing our children for collage, ask yourself if some of these schools are even teaching critical thinking skills. By the standards set for some of our children, where leap test is the most important thing measuring our children’s understanding and intelligence, there is a good possibility that not even Albert Einstein would have been deem a success or intelligent enough to go to collage.

Are they “experimenting” with our children??? WE have all known for almost 60 years how to educate children successfully. Piaget, Maslow, and a host of others tell us what to do and how to do it.

IN BOTH EXPERIMENTS the subject were POOR and Black
IN BOTH EXPERIMENTS they already had the solutions.

They are calling this an Experiment. We have been experimented on before, and we did nothing, because we did not know what to do. We know now, so what are we going to DO?

Tuskegee experiment

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment (also known as the Tuskegee syphilis study or Public Health Service syphilis study) was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in poor, rural black men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government. [1]

Albert Einstein applied directly to the Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule a high school (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Lacking the requisite Matura certificate, he took an entrance examination, which he failed, although he got exceptional marks in mathematics and physics.

Maslow studied what he called exemplary people such as Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglass rather than mentally ill or neurotic people, writing that “the study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy.”Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population.
Maslow’s theory was fully expressed in his 1954 book Motivation and Personality.

I think there are some very important and obvious points brought about in the discussion above. We recently completed production on a documentary that deals with these issues, and I encourage everyone to join the discussion. It is one of the most important topics in this country! http://www.theexperimentfilm.com




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