Documentaries, Biopics, and Reality Television
Chapter 1. “Something Is Wrong in the Education System”: Manufacturing a Crisis in the School Documentary
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“SOMETHING IS WRONG IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM”
Manufacturing a Crisis in the School Documentary
In her book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools (2013), education historian and former assistant secretary of education in George H. W. Bush’s administration Diane Ravitch argues that the real crisis in the United States’ public schools is not what the public has been led to believe. It is not, she argues, the result of poor urban schools. The real problem is the result of decades of misguided educational reform that was meant to deal with the poverty and racial segregation that created those urban schools and that resulted in today’s “market-based” reforms. Part of that narrative, she argues, can be found in the films about schools from the last twenty years. She writes:
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