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Albuquerque Premier of Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman

Susan Notes:

A New Mexico teacher orders a film made by New York City teachers and the result is a sold-out theater in Albuquerque.

I am posting this wonderful note I received from Francesca Blueher, an elementary teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico because it made me feel so hopeful.

We can win this fight! It's individual teachers standing up and breaking the silence, not to mention informing the public.

As Norm Scott at Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) has indicated, "One of the major goals of the film has been to activate people. And the results have been overwhelming as educators and parents all over the nation - and beyond - have been organizing showings in libraries, schools, community centers and actual theaters as below -- does that qualify us for academy award consideration?"

Go forth and do likewise.

NOTE: the film is free, but it sure would be nice if you used the PayPal button to make a donation.

NOTE 2: Francesca also made the brochure about the film available for discussion of the film after the showing.

by Francesca Blueher

Dear Susan,

I have been wanting to write you for some time about how much I have been inspired by your website. Since I started getting your blog a few months ago, I have devoured every newsletter----the articles provide me the necessary fuel for speaking out about the ravages our schools are presently undergoing---thank you.

I just got home from the Albuquerque screening of The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, which I helped organize. I first learned of this film from your website and ordered it immediately. The screening was an enormous success. Following is the letter I sent to friends and family informing them of the screening and the note I sent to Grassroots Education Movement today after the screening.

Again, thank you for your righteous, revolutionary work!

Dear Friends and Family,

I am so excited to invite you to the Albuquerque premier of the teacher made documentary, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman ("TITBWFS"). This film passionately underscores ideas of true educational reform which come from teachers, students, and parents, while detailing the ravaging effects of poverty on children and their education. This is an independently made movie that depends on interested individuals to show it to their communities. I ordered the movie and the Guild Cinema kindly agreed to show it on July 9th at 1:00 pm.

Please let me tell you a little bit about why I was compelled to bring this movie to Albuquerque. As a teacher and Instructional Coach at Montezuma Elementary I have seen first-hand the impact that current educational reforms are having at our university area school. The combined effects of federal policies (No Child Left Behind) and poverty are devastating to our children. When my own children went to Montezuma 20 years ago, 35% of our students received free or reduced lunch. Today, over 76% percent of our children qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program. Over one third of our students have a Body Mass Index percentage that puts them in the obese category. In the last 10 years, more of our children have been impacted by a parent or parents who are incarcerated. CYFD social workers are weekly visitors to our school, sometimes seeing 2 or 3 children from different families in one day. This is why I thought it important to bring this film to the Albuquerque community.

Following is a small press release for the film:

The Grassroots Education Movement presents a new documentary, "The Inconvenient Truth Behind' Waiting for Superman,'" written and directed by New York City public school teachers and parents, in response to Davis Guggenheim's highly misleading film, "Waiting for 'Superman". "Waiting for 'Superman'" would have audiences believe that the current educational reforms of free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great public schools while "The Inconvenient Truth Behind 'Waiting For Superman'" highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students, and educators and shows how these so-called reforms are actually ravaging public education. The film discusses the kinds of real reforms in schools and in society as a whole that are urgently needed to truly transform education in this country.

I strongly feel that when we have a greater awareness of our educational policy and how it affects our children it can be the key to implementing true educational reform (smaller class size, healthy school lunches, a rich, culturally relevant curriculum for all students) that is good for our children. This is where you come in. Please come and view this movie to look at a different perspective of school reform. Keif, owner of The Guild Cinema, is generously showing the documentary there at a minimal cost to you---$3.00---the majority of which will go to the organization that made the movie. Here are the details of the screening:

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman
Saturday, July 9th
1:00 pm
Guild Cinema
3405 Central NE

The movie will end at 2:15, discussion/questions after

Please share this information with anyone you know who is concerned about our childrens' future. Let me know if you have any questions.

— Francesca Blueher



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