The Great Awakening-In God We Trust


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Time: March 3, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Street: 700 North Court
City/Town: Palatine Il
Phone: 847-496-5400
Event Type: free, movie, -, the, cartel
Organized By: carol ann parisi
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2011

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About The Cartel | Teachers punished for speaking out. Principals fired for trying to do the right thing. Union leaders defending the indefensible. Bureaucrats blocking new charter schools. These are just some of the people we meet in The Cartel. The film also introduces us to teens who can't read, parents desperate for change, and teachers struggling to launch stable alternative schools for inner city kids who want to learn. We witness the tears of a little girl denied a coveted charter school spot, and we share the triumph of a Camden homeschool's first graduating class.

Together, these people and their stories offer an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifests itself in the educational failures and frustrations of individual communities. They also underscore what happens when our schools don't do their job. "These are real children whose lives are being destroyed," director Bob Bowdon explains.

The Cartel shows us our educational system like we've never seen it before. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched, and self-serving cartel. But The Cartel doesn't just describe the problem. Balancing local storylines against interviews with education experts such as Clint Bolick (former president of Alliance for School Choice), Gerard Robinson (president of Black Alliance for Educational Options), and Chester Finn (president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute), The Cartel explores what dedicated parents, committed teachers, clear-eyed officials, and tireless reformers are doing to make our schools better for our kids.

This movie will force the scales to fall from the eyes of policymakers, education officials, reformers, intellectuals, teachers, and taxpayers. Putting a human face on the harm done by the educational cartel, The Cartel takes us beyond the statistics, generalizations, and abstractions that typically frame our debates about education—and draws an unequivocal bottom line: If we care about our children's futures, we must insist upon far-reaching and immediate reform. And we must do it now.

Check out the clip below for a sneak peek at the film!



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Comment by carol ann parisi on February 11, 2011 at 6:49am

this going to be an information packed meeting...invite as many folks as you know!!!  there is an information flyer available

information flyer .... 


Comment by Beryl Nichols on February 10, 2011 at 10:14am
This is going to be great!  Politicians, when they want to raise support for legislation, seem to strike a soft spot in peoples hearts by saying "it's for the children".  Remember the lottery?  SCHIP? (why does 60% of the money go to adults?) When our elected officials mention "it's for the children" WE the PEOPLE tend to lose our ability to ask questions. Can't wait to see the whole movie!!
Comment by carol ann parisi on February 10, 2011 at 6:33am
trailer below  thanks jeanie...
Comment by carol ann parisi on February 10, 2011 at 6:32am
Comment by Jeanne Yeagley on February 9, 2011 at 10:18pm
Doesn't look like there is a clip?

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