REMINDER: This film discussion group is only open to people that sent me a message requesting to join. If you want in send me a message. I removed some comments that weren't answering the questions I posted, not because I agreed or disagreed with them. If you want to join send me a message. I'm waiting on posts from a few other members then I'll post the next questions.
In reaction to the film Waiting for Superman I chose to create a film discussion group on my blog.
I started by posting an open invite to participants. I was pleased to read the responses from elected officials, community leaders, business leaders, and educators. Many of the participants are also parents too.
The format is fairly simple. After giving the participants a month to watch the film I am going to post a few questions a day over the next week. My goal isn't to start a debate but instead to understand each other and inspire action. I'm not sure exactly where this will take us but I am interested to get started.
Many of the panelists might choose a screen name or to use only their first names because of their jobs. That includes an elected official, teachers, and others. They will reveal as much personal information as they choose.
The list of participants for this particular group is full but I will post a call for more people when we are done and move on to the next film.
With that here are my first two questions:
1. Please introduce yourself. What made you interested enough in this topic to join our discussion group? Give as many details as you feel comfortable doing so but what is your experience in education.
2. The creator of the film, David Guggenheim, also created the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Do you think that added credibility to his work? Do you think that helped him to broaden his audience?
3. Please share a favorite middle school teacher.
Click on continue reading to answer the questions. You don't need to register or use your real name to comment, but as a reminder this group is limited to the people that responded to my earlier call for participants.
#4. After seeing the film are you more likely to support charter schools in your school district?