I was told to watch this documentary and was originally unsure about it. I have done some reading on the United States educational system in the past and didn't know what this movie could bring to light that I had not already read about.
I was shocked and saddened by what I saw. The person who told me to watch this documentary even mentioned, "If you watch it and don't cry, you might be a robot." There were numerous points in the film which caused me to tear up. This documentary followed students - typically those who did not have as many means as others. Their schooling - be it their teachers or the tracking system - was letting them down. I firmly believe that every child should have access to a decent education and it hurts to think that some people don't because of their race, finances, or anything else.
In the film, we saw students who truly wanted an education and wanted to succeed. We also saw some who had a difficult time in school because they did not feel supported by their teachers. Some of the students expressed that they wanted to do and be better, go to college, and eventually provide for their kids in a way that they hadn't been provided for.
This taught me some information about charter schools which I did not know before. The lottery for the children to get into the charter schools was heartbreaking. It stinks to see kids, and parents who want to do right by their children, not be able to receive a proper education.
I hope that, in the future, we will be able to implement educational reform so that all children are able to get a proper education. For anybody interested in the current educational system or charter schools, I would urge you to watch this.