Last year I was invited to participate in NBC’s Education Nation. I had a head-to-head discussion with Geoffrey Canada. This year, I received an invitation to sit in the audience.
Now as a perk, I have been invited to a special screening of the parent trigger movie and its world premiere. Imagine all those private school parents and Wall Street titans sitting about and feeling sorry for the children trapped in those dreadful public schools.
So, I was doing this thought experiment, now that the elites are so excited by the idea that parents should be able to seize control of a public school and turn it over to a private operator.
What if the people in the New York Public Library decided to sign a petition and seize control? We could give it to some corporation to run. Maybe we could rent it out to a department store or sell it off for condos.
Think Occupy Wall Street. Only this time, the powerful think it is a good idea. Curious that they think it is thrilling to imagine parents seizing control of public schools and turning them over to charter operators. How would they feel if it was a facility that actually mattered to them?
We are pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the Education Nation program at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: on Sunday, September 23rd, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET, msnbc’s Alex Wagner, host of “NOW with Alex Wagner,” will convene stars of the new filmWon’t Back Down Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Rosie Perez, along with parents, experts and teachers for Parent Engagement, a panel discussion about engaging communities in improving struggling schools. Portions of the taped panel discussion will be included in a live msnbc special broadcast on Sunday evening, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET, from the red carpet of the Won’t Back Downworld premiere.
As an Education Nation Summit guest, you are also invited to attend the World Premiere of Won’t Back Down on Sunday, September 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. ET at Clearview’s Ziegfeld Theatre. Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox describe the film as a story of two determined mothers, one a teacher, who look to transform their children’s failing inner city school.