In case you haven’t heard, Education Action Group (EAG) has produced a series of short films under the banner title of “Kids Aren’t Cars” which we have pasted below. Each of the films take a close look at various problems and issues plaguing the K-12 public education system, focusing on events and issues in the rust belt states of Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.
“Assembly Line Education” When the auto assembly line model was brought into American public schools, it was an achievement of efficiency, but it has now produced negative consequences. And organized labor has made its mark in creating a one-size-fits-all way for treating and compensating teachers.
“Give Up the Bucks!” Public education is a multi-billion dollar industry where we seem to spend more and more each year (except 2010) but get the same, or worse, results. The fights between adult employees seldom involve the interests of students. Just who are the schools designed to benefit?
“Unions vs. Good Teachers” The core belief of unions is that all teachers are equal, a concept that’s reflected in collective bargaining agreements. There is no incentive for innovation or hard work. But some public school teachers want a different way, and a few of them discuss the reforms they would like to see.
“An Epic Failure: Detroit” Imagine an education system that spends over $1 billion per year and graduates students who cannot read their diploma. It’s happening in Michigan’s largest city.
“An Epic Failure: Detroit Part 2” Union leaders wrestle for control of the remains of this troubled school district, while students and parents are left behind.
“Years Trump Effectiveness: Tenure and Seniority” What if your value to your employer was decided by the sum of the last four digits of your social security number? Or you win statewide recognition for your teaching success, only to be fired the next day because someone else has been there longer?
“Choose Your Boss: Electing Politicians” Public education is one of the few sectors of society where employees can spend vast sums of money to choose their own bosses on local school boards, and to elect state lawmakers who determine public education policy.
“Reforms that Work” This is the story of a charter school in Indianapolis that took up residence in a former grocery store and employs quality instruction, flexible work rules and parental involvement to create an atmosphere conducive to student success.
“Indiana Reformers Take Action” Elected officials in Indiana are taking bold action to reform public education and guarantee every child effective instruction. The film features an interview with the state’s dynamic education superintendent, Dr. Tony Bennett.
“What Can I Do?” Many parents and taxpayers feel helpless because the problems in our schools seem so monumental. EAG’s Kyle Olson, producer and director of the films, discusses the many small things individuals can do that can help make a big difference.
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