Clip from ‘The Lottery’

Posted by · 11:03 am · November 3rd, 2010

Following on the heels of that “Waiting for Superman” item this morning, I have a clip of Madeleine Sackler’s “The Lottery” to share.

“The Lottery” hit theaters back in May to little fanfare but the publicity machine is swinging behind it as we cross into awards season territory.  The film focuses on the lottery scenario depicted briefly at the end of “Waiting for Superman” (for the purposes of entering a charter school, which was the subject of Diane Ravitch’s ire in that piece earlier).  While detailing union resistance as part of the debate it also focuses on the community debate over building space for charter schools versus zoned public schools and explores that specific issue a bit more in depth (with eye-popping revelations about charter protests).

To put the clip in context, Eva Moskowitz of the Success Charter Network is presenting the benefits of a charter school system to elected officials stonewalling her cause.  It’s from a larger segment, the juiciest scene of the film.  Check it out after the jump.

[Photo: Great Curve Films]

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  • 1 11-03-2010 at 11:32 am

    the other mike said...

    i thought this was a Bow Wow movie.

  • 2 11-03-2010 at 11:46 am

    Maxim said...

    Maybe I’m in a down mood due to the election results but it’s amazing to me how oridinarially left-leaning people are falling for and echoing what is a uniquelly conservative rhetoric.

    I cannot speak for Madeleine Sackler as I know nothing about her but how does Guggenheim go from ‘Inconvenient Truth’ to a Convenient Solution to our educational problems? I know there’s more to his movie but man, the takeaway seems to be that of a deceptively conservative solution.

  • 3 11-03-2010 at 2:58 pm

    Lance said...

    I agree Maxim! I can’t believe these movies are getting such great reviews when they manipulate facts and leave out important information. The simple solution, that bad teachers need to be replaced and unions are stopping that, is such a simplistic way of diagnosing this problem. It is so much more complicated. Here is what they leave out:

    * 37% of charter schools do worse than public schools.
    * 46% of charter schools do the same as public schools.
    * There is relative consensus in the education system that teachers only account for 10 to 20% of achievement outcome.
    * Countless studies tie INCOME to test scores.

    If someone wants to know why the education system isn’t working, they should watch season 4 of “The Wire” These movies just seem to be republican propaganda or sloppy journalism. I really hope the Academy doesn’t fall for it.

  • 4 11-03-2010 at 10:07 pm

    Angry Shark said...

    Yeah, I was considering seeing “Superman”, but I heard about the charter school bullshit. HOW IS THIS IN THE RUNNING FOR OSCARS?

  • 5 11-18-2010 at 9:03 am

    Jeremy said...

    The thing is, in NYC charter schools ARE outperforming traditional public schools. But charter/public isn’t the point is it? The point is that some schools have less than 50% of their kids at grade level, which is awful! If a school is able to get over 80% at grade level, isn’t that a good thing regardless of what type of school it is? Who cares if it’s public or charter!!