Teached: The Blame Game

Categories: Documentary, Shorts
17min | 2011
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. 

Topics: Inner City, Race, High School, Politics, Teacher, Student, Classroom, Reform, Budget, School, Education, Society, Urban
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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
Kelly McLaren
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 Wynne
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
Charlotte McDaniel
December 8, 2013
A+
Very Informative good film
Nic Jay
Nic Jay
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
larry miles
September 9, 2013
A
Mike Monteleone
Mike Monteleone
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
Jorge Alvarado
August 6, 2013
A