Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system -- the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country.
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This recent movie is about 5 real teachers and how some stayed in teaching and others left. 46% of teachers quit teaching before their 5th year of teaching. 20% in urban schools quit after a year. A must see for anyone contemplating going into teaching. A good dose of reality.
This movie accurately depicts the joys and challenges of US public educators. Hopefully our society will begin to realize that there is a cost to education on the cheap and multi- generational benefits of investing in quality education.
While there is no way to capture the decay of the American public schools in a 90 minute film, this movie provides an excellent and very accurate picture of the trials, successes, tribulations and joys of being in the teaching profession in this country. Following several teachers as they make various journeys in different parts of the country, this movie provides a consistent and fairminded view of teaching in the USA. I've been a teacher for over 20 years, and it is a disgrace that educating our children has come to a point of such low regard in our society. Why does our nation feel we are doing a great job of educating students, yet we rank well down the scale in international comparisons? Could it simply be how we value education and our teachers? Watch this movie with a teacher and see what you think.
I showed this documentary to my high school freshmen after they had complained one too many times about their teachers being "bogus" or not getting things back to them in a timely manner. While they appeared disinterested during the film, they had pretty wonderful things to say in their reflections. Lots of interesting facts!
American Teacher takes a look at the reality of being a teacher. These are not the super teacher who spouts amazingly profound lessons every minute or the bumbling idiots of the movies. These are real people trying to make a real difference in their students lives while trying to have a life of their own.