Selected by Kristin Morris
Film Discussion: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6 PM EST
Public education in America was already drastically changing before the COVID-19 pandemic, and over the past year, the conversation about students, teachers, and the role of our public education institutions has become exponentially more complicated and divisive. We will host a post-film discussion panel including representation from SC for Ed to dig into the current conversation about public education and educators in S.C.
Film Synopsis: American public education is in controversy. As public schools across the country struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, some question the future and effectiveness of public schools in the U.S. For free-market reformers, private investors, and large education corporations, this controversy spells opportunity in turning public schools over to private interests. EDUCATION, INC. examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America’s public education system under the banner of “school choice.”
EDUCATION, INC. is told through the eyes of parent and filmmaker Brian Malone, as he travels cross-country in search of the answers and sources behind the privatizing of American public education, and what it means for his kids. With striking footage from school protests, raucous school board meetings, and interviews with some of the most well-known educators in the country, Malone zooms out to paint a clear picture of profit and politics that’s sweeping across the nation, right under our noses.
Director: Brian Malone, Cindy Malone
Runtime: 59 mins