Movie: The Cartel
The Cartel: One night only showing in Hoboken
Interested in seeing Bob Bowdon’s award-winning documentary about the horrible condition NJ’s educational system is in?
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The Cartel is well received across the country
In addition to winning the “Silver Screen Award” (Documentary Film Category) at the 2009 Nevada Film Festival last month – The Cartel made the homepage of Education Next, a nationally respected education reform magazine, edited by Paul Peterson of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Lastly, the film was also written up in yesterday’s NY Daily News. Congrats, Bob! Get the word out there!
Once again, here’s a sample from the film:
A quick congratulations to Bob Bowdon, and his movie The Cartel – as it won the “Best Full-Length Documentary” award at the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City yesterday.
Way to go, Bob!!
Hoboken’s Bob Bowdon, known for his work at the Onion News Network and Bloomberg News (and of course as moderator of the recent Candidate Forums) – is proud to announce the release of his new documentary called The Cartel.
You can see the premiere of his film at the Hoboken International Film Festival (which is being held primarily in lovely Teaneck, NJ this year) on Saturday, May 30th at 2pm. Cost is $9.
What is wrong with NJ Schools?
“For at least a generation, American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in reading. And fewer than one-in-four, 23%, are proficient in math. On the global stage, America ranks last in educational effectiveness among large industrialized countries despite the highest spending per student in the world.
It presents something of a conundrum. How has the richest and most innovative society on earth suddenly lost the ability to teach its children at a level that other modern countries consider “basic”?
If the problem is that we’re not spending enough on schools, which many people believe, it’s instructive to study the U.S. state that spends more than any other per student: New Jersey
With spending as high as $483,000 per classroom (confirmed by NJ Education Department records), New Jersey students fare only slightly better than the national average in reading and math, and rank 37th in average SAT scores. And not even half of NJ’s high school freshmen, despite the state’s enormous “investment,” are academically ready for college four years later.
Is anyone watching where the money goes? How much actually reaches the classroom? And if certain changes in the system would benefit children, but not necessarily the staff, would the adults running the system endorse those changes?
“The Cartel” investigates what is causing this vast underachievement and what can be done to turn things around.”