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August 22, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: John Oliver Takes On Charter Schools

John Oliver just eviscerated charter schools last night on his HBO Show in an eighteen-minute commentary.

I believe even most charter school advocates would agree that he had his facts right. They’d probably also say he focused on only the worst charter school examples and neglected to talk about more positive ones. That may be true but, as far as I’m concerned, charter schools in general have done considerable damage to our public school system and they get considerable positive media attention – they can afford some negative P.R. for a change.

As anyone who has watched John Oliver knows, he uses a classroom inappropriate word now and then in the segment, though they are all “beeped” out, except for one use of “sh__tty” near the end.

I’m adding this to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

August 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Klondike Gold Rush Began On This Day In 1896 – I Show Charlie Chaplin Clips To Introduce It


The Klondike Gold Rush, also known as the Alaska Gold Rush, began on this day in 1896:

I usually show the brief opening scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush to introduce it – seeing the line of climbers is always impressive. I also show the famous cabin dinner scene – not because it teaches much about the Gold Rush, but because it’s fun, it’s a great language-learning opportunity to have students talk and write about what happens in it, and, finally, because it’s a good opportunity to introduce Chaplin to students if they don’t already know about him.

You can also view it on Daily Motion if YouTube is blocked in your district.

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