August 3rd, 2009

Media Monday: Chalk

Three teachers and one under-qualified assistant principal are just trying to survive one year at Harrison High School in Austin, Texas–can they do it?  Chalk, which came out in 2006, is a fictional (and funny) documentary written and directed by teachers that sets out to illustrate why 50% of teachers quit teaching in the first three years.

Produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, Chalk was shot in 18 days at the Austin, Texas high school where the writers of the film actually taught.  It features some real-life students and garnered critical and social praise for its candor in showing a more realistic version of life as a teacher–the highlights, frustrations and sometimes eventual success that may come in the classroom.  It’s also really funny.

Whether you’re a teacher, a student, a parent or if you like good movies, watch the trailer and then rent the film–you won’t be disappointed.

The Joys of Teaching?  Get Lost, Mr. Chips [NY Times Review]
Buy the DVD [Amazon]

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