Defies Measurement is a documentary about what our nation’s test obsession has done to our public schools and students over the last 20 years. Shannon Puckett is a great film maker and former teacher at Chipman Middle school, around which the story centers as the school is impacted by No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and eventually ends up as a charter school with an entirely different name.
Crawfish Nation, some of you may remember that I helped promote and fund this masterpiece – and I also do my best to spoil the magic with a cameo appearance of myself. (Thankfully it is only one. There is a reason I am a blogger and not a movie star. ) Also appearing are Diane Ravitch, and Louisiana locals Mercedes Schneider and Karran Harper Royal.
This tackles the issues of NCLB, over testing and opting out, charter schools, Race to the Top, Common Core, poverty, Gates, TFA, Broad, the Walton Foundation, International Test scores, Eugenics, the New Orleans “Miracle”,the School Reform Movement in general and number of other interesting connections. If you are interested in presidential candidate Jeb Bush, you will also want to hear what he has to say in this film.
You can go the www.defiesmeasurement.com
or directly to the film here:
There is an opportunity to download of organize a viewing around this film if you have a community event coming up or would like to sponsor to screen this film. It is an hour long, and I knew most of the material, but I still found it very engaging and presented in a way that really sticks with you and brings everything together. You can tell there is a real synergy between being a teacher and a documentary maker.
For those of you going to the second annual NPE conference in Chicago April 25th and 26th, this film will be screened there as well. Many of the guests in this film will also be at the conference for you to get their autographs.