Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NYC Educator: ATR Spotlight on Movies

NYC Educator: ATR Spotlight on Movies:

ATR Spotlight on Movies

By special guest film reviewer Suddenly ATR

In light of the recent Chicago Teacher Union strike and the film Won't Back Down, I recently re-watched a movie that showed many of the problems of the Chicago public school education system but didn't manage to demonize anyone. What movie was this? None other than the classic documentary "Hoop Dreams."

Hoop Dreams was released in 1994 but it feels like it could have been shot today. I won't bore anyone with the details of the movie, since it is so well-known. I'll instead focus on a part of the movie that is relevant for this blog.

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