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New Film Highlights Problems in Education
posted by: Alix | January 25, 2011, 04:01 PM   

In the wake of such films as Waiting for "Superman" and The Cartel comes a new documentary series called Kids Aren't Cars. Slated for release in February, the series of mini-documentaries will showcase the negative impact organized labor has had on education.

The director of the film is Kyle Olson, founder and CEO of Education Action Group Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

The film uses examples from the Midwest as it documents the impact organized labor has had on the American education system. Through union bureaucracy the system has transformed into a one-size-fits-all assembly line model that leaves students behind and treats all teachers equally, stifling innovation and reform efforts.

One example in the film deals with two Indiana teachers recognized statewide for their impact on students, only to be fired literally the next day because they lacked seniority of their co-workers. This is yet another example of the negative impact of tenure on good teachers.

In light of National School Choice Week this week, Olson explains, "What I think our work shows is that school choice is critical to providing a quality education for every child in America" and highlights that teachers unions "want to eliminate [charter schools] and...make it as difficult as they can to home school and all of those types of things," because they do not support school choice.

Kids Aren't Cars will be released via YouTube on February 1.

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