TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - If you thought Waiting for Superman was controversial, then The Cartel will not disappoint. The award-winning documentary will be featured as
part of the Society for Quality Education's Measuring Up: A Seminar on School Accountability to be held in Toronto today.
"The Cartel is an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifested
itself in educational failures and frustrations of individual
communities, underscoring what happens when schools don't do their
jobs. These are real children whose lives are being destroyed," says
the film's director and producer, Bob Bowdon, who is on hand to discuss
the documentary. Following the screening there will be a series of
Will an Africentric school or a school for "poor kids" make a
difference? Is testing enough or is there too much pressure on
teachers and students? Why are education costs going up when
enrollments are going down? Where are the consequences for poor
performance? "The documentary will be a good starting point for a
retrospective examination of current accountability measures and we
hope that the discussion that follows will provide us with a way
forward for what still needs to be done," added Doretta Wilson, SQE's
This seminar brings together a diverse group of panelists, including
Virginia Walden-Ford of D.C. Parents for School Choice. Ms.
Walden-Ford was the driving force behind the Washington, D.C. voucher
program and has been a tireless advocate for school choice,
including bringing her fight to President Obama!
Theo Caldwell, author of Finn the Half-Great and new host of SUN News The Caldwell Account will deliver the keynote address.
Other panelists include:
John Snobelen, Former Ontario Minister of Education
Paul Bennett, Schoolhouse Institute
Andrea Mrozek, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
Spider Jones, Believe to Achieve Foundation
Panel moderators are noted broadcaster, Michael Coren and political
pundit, Gerry Nicholls.
Measuring UP is organized by the Society for Quality Education,
dedicated to the significant improvement of student learning in Canada.
More information about SQE can be found at our website: www.societyforqualityeducation.org
SOURCE Society for Quality Education
For further information:
Panelists will be available for media, please contact:
Doretta Wilson, SQE Executive Director 416-231-7247