“The War on Kids” debuts on the Documentary Channel May 6 at 8 and 9pm ET/CT
You can also buy it for 48 hours here.
Here's one excerpt from the above linked Fox News article:
A review on children’s book publisher Scholastic’s blog noted that “the movie seems pretty over the top, juxtaposing interviews with (mostly white) parents angry about how kids are being treated and footage of (mostly black and brown) kids getting arrested or searched for drugs in school.”
That would be Alexander Russo's review - a Chicagoan. He asks (and infers) these are "just incidents of random stupidity as it usually seems, an unfortunate byproduct of a fearful society but not that much more?"
I recall attending an informational meeting a few years ago at the Boys Club in a university town nearby. A minority (black) group called the meeting because they wanted to know how to start homeschooling. They felt their teens were being singled out and harassed at the high school. They were concerned about "resource officers" brought into the school system. How time flies and things do change. From the News-Gazette in 2006:
Champaign Superintendent Arthur Culver said he believes strongly the school resource officers will benefit the school district, and the district will monitor the officers closely to ensure the concerns of the parents don’t become a reality.
"I understand some people are not in agreement with the SRO program. They’re disappointed, and they have concerns," Culver said. "But I really hope, prior to making those kind of quick decisions, they would at least give us the chance to implement the program."
Maybe all has changed to the good since the implementation. Or maybe they haven't. That area's private schools (including homeschools) are growing by leaps and bounds.
The New York Times reviewed the movie when it first came out in 2009, noting the "overwhelming evidence of institutional overreaction". What Ails Public Schools? Better Ask, What Doesn’t?
Variety also reviewed the movie.
Docu then takes a giant if seamless step forward to suggest that the entire system of compulsory learning is designed, in the words of an award-winning teacher, "to infantilize the mass mind and condition it to take orders in a docile fashion," then leaps into left field by advocating home schooling as a viable alternative. Still, by and large, the docu's closely reasoned case synchs up nicely with Soling's freewheeling visual approach, including a satirical, vaguely Monty Python-esque animated sequence and the soundtrack's sardonic series of peppy school-day songs.
It's a different (not unpleasant) sort of change to see homeschool advocacy seen as a leap into left field. How 'bout that?!
Why do I care? It's my community.