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[Susan notes: It's time to stop complaining about the "Superman" movie and to inform people about a better movie, "Race to Nowhere."]

Submitted to Sacramento Bee but not published
09/28/2010

Dear Laurel Rosenhall

I recently read your article regarding documentaries in the world of education on Susan Ohanian's posts of the day. (http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9474.)



All of the films reviewed have as their mission the undermining of public education at the altar of charter schools. And of course we know that corporate excesses have their sights set on the take over of the public school concept and the resultant devastating effects this is already having on a supposedly democratic society.



You have left out the documentary, "Race to Nowhere" now screening throughout the country. This film explores the harms that the culture of competition and the madness of high stakes standardized testing have brought to our children and their teachers. The producers, spurred by personal, and tragic, experiences have created a film designed to make us think about action we can take to dignify the autonomy of our children and their teachers. Their message is that public education can be, indeed must be, a nurturing experience where values such as courage, compassion and co-operation can be fostered.



You can learn more by going to their website at www.racetonowhere.com, or by going to our website at www.thecbe.org.



You could also read a review of the documentary here:

http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9463.



Sincerely,

Don Perl

The Coalition for Better Education, Inc.

www.thecbe.org

Don Perl


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