“Our screening went great! We had a gathering of teachers, parents, Harlem community members, current and former students, and a few children too.
The shorts provoked a rich discussion focusing on how teachers and parents are dealing with the continued pressures of budget cuts, testing, and in our neighborhood especially, privatization. Viewers also spoke to the impressive and innovative things that are happening in the public system (as the films show) demonstrating the dedication of people within the public school system.
We even discussed the historical origins of public education being founded after the Civil War, and how the community and teachers can fight to not only preserve the public system, but improve it. Attendees planned a parent awareness tabling session in Harlem to educate parents on their options in an increasingly complicated and predatory charter school system in New York.”
Here are the 7 films chosen to screen.