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Teached:The Blame Game

The Blame Game
17:16 | 2011

Categories: Documentary, Shorts

THE BLAME GAME questions whether our society unfairly blames urban students and parents for the low academic achievement instead of making the changes needed to ensure that high-quality teachers lead every classroom. 
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Morgan Richardson
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June 28, 2015
C
Stan Fong
s********t
January 12, 2015
A-
Well-produced and informative reporting.
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r********m
December 18, 2014
I was interested to watch this film when I read the description but once the misconceptions were being spewed about tenure, it lost me. Tenure is GRANTED to teachers by administrators, it is not a guarantee. Tenure is DUE PROCESS to protect teachers just like we each have due process as U.S. citizens. Blaming tenure is like blaming Common Core, they are good ideas but they way they have been used has been mismanaged. It's simple.
Kelly McLaren
k********k
November 9, 2014
Am glad this issue is attracting the attention of documentary makers. The day documentaries like this feature in mass media will be a very good day indeed.
C Wynne
c********m
July 14, 2014
Fabulous series of films. Thought provoking. So many truths. Film quality: A But the subjects need point-counterpoint. Never is it solely black or white. Not one of these films reflect the reality at my fabulous, struggling school with its fabulous struggling children and their families. Not one film shows any classroom behavior disruption. Not one film acknowledged classrooms with IQ ranges of 60-110 in the same room and children ages 11-15 in the same room. Schools where parents walk into classrooms and cuss out teachers and students and try to start fights with little or no consequence. Where a teacher who redirects a student with a hand on the back can get suspended for two months but a student who spits on a teacher or shoves the teacher gets a two-day suspension. Where 7 parents out of a school of 450 students show up for Back to School Night. Where a 5-year-old witnesses her mother raped three times the night before. Where an 8-year-old asks for him and his brothers to be sent to foster care and not be sent home to be beaten yet another day. Where a 10-year-old is up most of every night to feed, diaper, and rock back to sleep his toddler brother and new infant sibling. And we expect these children to focus on lessons and care? Are there poor quality teachers? Absolutely. Are there poor quality principals and administrators. Absolutely. Is there a on-solution-fixes-all answer? Absolutely not. It's a blame game to say it's all the parent's fault. It's a blame game to say it's all the student's fault. It's a blame game to say it's all the teacher's fault. It's a blame game to say it's all the administration's fault. But I do think it starts with Empowerment and Accountability. Empower the classroom teachers with support and resources and respect and accountability. Empower the parents with support and resources and respect and accountability. Empower the principals with support and resources and respect and accountability.
Charlotte McDaniel
k********t
December 8, 2013
A+
Very Informative good film
Nic Jay
n********u
October 16, 2013
D
Are people giving this "film" a grade of 'A' for content or actual film making? This film is ridiculous as it pertains to content. Even the arguments against "bad" teachers in the film speak towards the structural issues of the metrics we use to evaluate them and the processes that have been created to remove them. So, lets fix the system, not focus on the rhetoric of those that are able to game the system.
larry miles
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September 9, 2013
A
Mike Monteleone
m********m
September 6, 2013
F
If Michelle Rhee is involved, the credibility of this movie is ruined. Her studies and statistics have been discredited, her proteges disgraced, and her movement tied to for-profit institutions. This film still plays the "blame game" but against teachers. I vote to leave this film on snag but for watchers to keep an open mind.
Jorge Alvarado
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August 6, 2013
A
Michael Harbour
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July 1, 2013
A
This is an important and powerful film.
Marilyn Avila
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March 10, 2013
This seems to be an anti-education propaganda movie. I have been teaching for 25 years and have worked with intensely dedicated people. I have never known a teacher who didn't care. I disagree with this film.
Marilyn Avila
m********m
March 10, 2013
I meant to say, "anti-public education"
Teresa Stover
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March 10, 2013
I agree people dont get it.
Luke Harrigan
5********g
April 27, 2013
I think this is far more complicated than you currently think it is. It definitely deserves and requires more than just naming it an "anti-public education movie".
Marla McGhee
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February 17, 2013
This is a supervision issue, or lack there of. Administrators in a building know who is teaching well and effectively and who is not. They must either assist those who need assistance, or remove those who are not performing well. Yes, it's hard work, but it can be done!
Derrick Bravo
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January 25, 2013
I didn't watch the short film. I just read the summary. I'm a K-8 teacher. There is so much subjectivity to teacher "incompetency". How is "incompetency" measured?
Cam Rob
1********g
January 25, 2013
they have tried to answer this question in NYC and failed miserably.
Jim Bowen
j********m
March 3, 2013
It's really not that hard, go into any weak teacher's lesson and you'll see it. You just need to agree criteria and act on them. Incidentally, this doesn't necessarily mean all weak teachers are weak in all circumstances. I couldn't teach in the inner cities, but I'm real good with rural poor who lack expectations. Teachers need to be prepared to say "That isn't for me."
Cam Rob
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January 25, 2013
Another film about education and educators, that while pointed, missed the mark and misses the point. In any industry, in any field, in every profession, there is a bell curve of quality and skill. Since when has focusing on the minority percentages on either end ever made changes to the whole? And that's exactly what this film and others of it's kind (Waiting for Superman) does. Rare is it that you see the schools and the teachers who are making gains and serving our community. Both my wife and I teach in NYC in schools serving populations that are mostly immigrant, and high poverty. Both our schools received an A rating from the city, but you will not see our schools or schools like it in the documentaries. Unions are not the problem and neither are even the poor teachers. As a matter of fact union membership across the country is, and has been on a consistent downward spiral. If unions and bad teachers were the problem, wouldn't you see an improvement not a decline in scores? And to say nothing of the so called "Right to Work" states in the South and Midwest. Despite our problems, the unionized school districts dominate with better over all scores. And still we're (teachers) subjected to subjective teacher ratings that use ridiculous algorithms that simply do not work. Bottom line. The issue is money. If education were a priority then it would be obvious by the amount of money we spend on it. Since we don't then expect the same results. Blame game; indeed.
Shannon Buckley-Shaklee
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January 25, 2013
I don't "like" this comment - I "epic love" this comment.
Cam Rob
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January 25, 2013
I'm waiting for Michael Moore to make a real teachers meeting. Kinda surprised he hasn't done it already.
Cam Rob
1********g
February 2, 2013
movie
Jim Bowen
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March 3, 2013
I don't dispute there's a bell curve of quality and skill, but does that mean we shouldn't do something about that part of the curve which isn't up to scratch?
Becky Andrews
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November 11, 2012
wow
Patricia Brantley
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October 29, 2012
A truly powerful series of films.