Every policymaker should be required to see the new film??American Teacher,? which powerfully reveals the huge challenge that the country faces in attracting and keeping the best teachers to help improve public education.
Director Vanessa Roth?s new film, co- produced by Dave Eggers and N?nive Calegari and narrated by Matt Damon, notes that while ?most people agree that a teacher is the most important in-school factor to school success,? you?d never guess this from what many teachers experience in our public schools.
Instead of focusing on this problem we?ve gotten lost in misdirected answers and foolish debates about improving public education. The answer is charter schools! The problem is charter schools! Blame the teacher unions! Fire bad teachers! And some movies, like ? Waiting for Superman ,? have fallen into the same traps.