Now, at least one education reform expert out there — Rick Hess — is wary that films like The Lottery and Waiting for Superman (coming soon) may go a little over the top. Yes, maybe he’s being old and cranky, but there is a valid caution in his conclusion:
So, I’m torn. I think these movies have a valuable and constructive role to play, so long as advocates don’t deem it a substitute for reasoned argument. I guess I’m for edu-agitprop so long as its practitioners evince good nature and a bit of humility, and so long as cheerleaders retain enough sense of irony to not believe their own hype.
I urge you to read all of Hess’s conflicted assessment, then go to the theater and help discover for yourself whether he makes a valid point. In any case, I’m sure you’ll find the movie compelling. Get out to the Starz Film Center. After Thursday, it may be gone!