The Lottery

The Lottery

DVD - 2010
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Focuses on the charter school experience for African American families. In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. Follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery to attend the Harlem Success Academy, a public charter school founded by Eva Moskowitz, a former New York City councilwoman. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.


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Aug 23, 2013

"bham2013" This is the documentary Waiting for Superman wanted to be; this excellent look at what families in too many communities must navigate to get their kids access to at quality public education will break your heart.

Apr 29, 2012

This could have had full stars if I had actually been able to finish watching it: the copy from the library had a massive gouge in it, so it just....stopped.

I wish people would take better care of library materials, or at least fess up when accidents happen.

Dec 06, 2010

This video does a good job of presenting the case for Charter Schools. It is not a balanced portrayal of the education system, its failures or its successes. Missing is a look at why some public schools within the same board are successful, while others are a complete failure. Some fairness is regained when all opinions are aired on charter schools, but that is the only place. This video is also against organized labour and states unionization is the reason that the schools in these districts fail as a result of an inability to get rid of poor performers. Once again, not all schools within the public school system are doing as poorly as those mentioned here.


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