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Schools That Change Communities Film Coming to PBS

Susan Notes:

As I said in a review, this is a film about good things happening in schools. What I didn't say there--and should have--is that this film is a powerful rebuttal of the Common Core, showing local answers to educational needs and solutions. You can watch a trailer.

Schools That Change Communities, a one hour documentary about schools that use their communities as classrooms has begun airing on many public broadcasting system stations across the country. January 30 -- Feb 2, it will be broadcast on the large number of stations which air PBS World. Viewers should check local listings for exact date and time to gain valuable examples of a diverse range of K-12 public schools who actively involve their students in thinking critically and solving problems they and the larger world they inhabit now face.

This film is about how schools can--and should--be critical parts of the surrounding communities. It is about students and teachers learning they have value. It is about students and teachers getting up from their desks and doing important work.

My advice is to buy two copies of this film, one for your local school board and one for your PTA. Write a letter to your local paper, advocating that they see the film as a first step to getting place-based learning in your community.

Write and tell members of the House and Senate Education Committees about it. This film highlights public schools doing good things, something they really hear about except from charters.

— Susan Ohanian



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