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 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.