TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Following the success of last year’s inaugural educational film festival, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) announces the return of the festival for 2012 during the month of April. Each Monday, starting April 9, a different educational movie will be screened in the North Tahoe High School auditorium in Tahoe City 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Films to be shown
“TEACH: The Movie.” From director Davis Guggenheim, this 35-minute documentary chronicles the first year experiences of public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The film follows four newbies, illustrating how they handle the pressure and stress of their first year in the classroom, all the while retaining the idealism and passion that led them to the profession. (April 9)
“Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution.” For 25 years, report after report has shown American students are falling further and further behind the rest of the world intellectually. As the American public school system fails to adapt to this century, schools in China and India produce four times the number of high school graduates as the U.S. and educate these students to a much higher level. Note: this is one of several films from the Two Million Minutes film series and is a different film from last year’s screening. (April 16)
“A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform.” Education reformer Whitney Tilson argues the United States faces twin achievement gaps as it increasingly falls behind its economic competitors and a wide academic gap persists between low-income, minority students and their more affluent peers. (April 23)
“The Lottery.” This film documents the inequitable access for all children to high caliber public schools and the usage of a lottery for access into high functioning charter schools. The Wall Street Journal calls the film “…an explosive new documentary about the battle over the future of public education.” (April 30)
All four films cover a range of themes and issues facing public education, including inequity in the quality of schools throughout the U.S., the negatives in the “No Child Left Behind” Act, high stakes testing, the caliber of education in other nations such as China in comparison to the United States, and access for minority and low income students to high quality schools.
Immediately following each movie, a panel or round table conversation with the audience will take place to discuss the various themes of each film for 15 to 30 minutes. While the panels will vary from week to week, the intention is to include a parent, a high school student, a community member, a teacher and an administrator.
“The purpose of holding this film festival is to share information and allow for discussion on the diverse aspects of public education,” said Teresa Rensch, North Tahoe School principal and moderator for the event. “It follows the objective of the filmmakers — to encourage dialogue around important and thought-provoking issues facing the public education system today and into the future,” she added.
For more information visit www.ttusd.org/nts (see “Latest News”) or phone the school directly at 530-581-7050.
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