Category: Education Documentaries

Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle is a feel good documentary about a wildly successful chess program at a Brooklyn school where over 60% of their kids are living below the poverty line. Chess becomes the thing they focus on (and excel at) – keeping them from getting into trouble in their neighbourhoods while strengthening their overall learning skills.
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Waiting for “Superman”

I just watched this last night. It’s a great display of how the American education system works and what has happened over the years to basically send the system downwards in the past 3-4 decades. Being from Canada, some of it is new especially as our system is different “up here”.

Waiting for “Superman” discusses everything from funding to politics to teachers and beyond but the one part I was suprised on was how it focused a lot on teachers – and specifically the teachers’ unions. It showed some great examples of how the system can work well, but there are obstacles that seem to prevent those changes from happening in all public schools in a city.
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