"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Trailer for New Film on Teachers

Upcoming film aims to revolutionize public's perception of teachers. HT to Monty Neill:
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Vanessa Roth and best-selling author Dave Eggers are teaming up in an attempt to do for education what "An Inconvenient Truth" did for the environment, writes Claus von Zastrow in the Learning First Alliance's Public School Insights blog. The film aims to document the challenges facing U.S. teachers on a daily basis in the hopes of engendering greater public support for the profession. Public School Insights (6/3) , Public School Insights (5/27)

Trailer is a little over 7 minutes:


  1. thanks for sharing this Jim. What a profound yet so familiar image of the teaching profession. I see in the young girl so much of me when I was young and first starting out in teaching. She also reminds me so much of my daughter who is starting out in the same profession and is TIRED already. Sadly life hasn't changed for so many of our teachers. But I don't want to end on a sad note After all I hope we wouldn't be doing this thing called teaching if we didn't feel it was a calling and an opportunity to make a difference to a kid's life in some little way every day.

  2. Teaching is a calling. It takes a certain type of person to throw themselves into every day with very little tangible benefits to take away. The pay isn't that great , the summer off is quickly dwindling, and our culture doesn't place much value on the profession. I've spent some time in the business world as well in addition to working in schools and I don't think the grass is greener on the other side. The difference is everyone who went to school believes themselves to be an expert at school. Just ask someone. That makes it even more demanding. Good people make it work every day.