Two Movies and a School
Emmett the Unblinking Eye returns to today’s show along with notorious Francophile Mrs. EOTUE. She’s coming to swoon over Woody Allen’s new Midnight in Paris, which I am pretty sure will be obligatory viewing for her AP Art History students for the next score of years.
The real education movie that is now out in theaters is the Anglophobic The First Grader which while inspiring in many respects also gives a view of the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya that leaves the viewer convinced that when the British weren’t torturing their captives they were routinely executing women and children.
The movie is beautifully shot though, and the chaos and joy of a third world classroom wonderfully captured. Some school reformers are trying to return energy into the classroom via a variety of techniques and I talk about classroom dynamics with two of the founding teachers of a new school in Lone Tree, Colorado, Anastasis Christian Academy, in the latest installment of my series on education reform efforts across the country.