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I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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“The ed reform graveyard from the past few decades is filled with quick fixes and gimmicks. Shyamalan’s journey of discovery affirms there are no shortcuts if our country is going to ensure all children have access to a great education, and his five keys for any school’s success focus on the essential ingredients.” (Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP))
“It’s great to have M. Night Shyamalan as a new ally in the fight to transform our calcified public-education system. Like the born storyteller he is, Shyamalan has unraveled the myths of our education system and spun a clear and compelling case for what we need to do. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about our country’s kids and our country’s future.” (Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone)
“Schools on the same block with similar students can post radically different results. I Got Schooled is evocative and will encourage educators and non-educators to debate the keys to great schools. A must-read given educational excellence for all students is the key to unlocking our country’s potential.” (Cami Anderson, Superintendent, Newark, N.J. Public Schools)
“Filmmaker Shyamalan makes his nonfiction debut with this engaging presentation of the results of his research into methods for closing America's education gap.. . . . A lively, provocative contribution from an outsider with his own way of addressing the problem.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"The book's conversational tone and appealing humor yields an engaging narrative of one Hollywood director's struggle to find out what works in the best schools, and how we can apply those insights to the rest." (Publishers Weekly)
"Shyamalan is smart and sincere, and his innovative ideas are unbound by the educational establishment." (John Wilwol NPR.org)
"Shyamalan’s conclusions (centered around lots of training, better data analysis and a reliable, observation-based method of locating and firing bad teachers) . . . are argued with persuasive data and a surprising sense of optimism." (Emily Guendelsberger Philadelphia CityPaper)
About the Author
M. Night Shyamalan—screenwriter, director, and producer—has captured the attention of audiences around the world with his original films for almost two decades. His films include The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village, and The Happening. He and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, cofounded the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, dedicated to helping empower individuals.
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I wish that VAM assessments were provided to teachers for free so that those in school systems that do not use them could self assess and target areas for improvement. Sure, teachers can pay $1500 for national board certification, but that only provides observation feedback from videos and portfolios.
I am opposed to the practice that some school systems have adopted: Publicizing the VAM scores of teachers online. This is a chilling practice. Somebody's union rep needs to be replaced. VAM scores should be in house measures that provide opportunities for growth. We don't publicize performance reports online for other professions, and we don't publicize individual student test scores or report cards online either.
Could you imagine the outcry from parents?
Movie reviews by critics, found in the author's own profession, would not compare to a publicized VAM since any one in the public can check out the movie to verify the accuracy of the critics review. Box office earnings wouldn't compare to standardized test scores since even the worst movies can make it rain.
As a teacher with limited classroom experience, I also thought the research on class size was not accurate. His research did not seem to take into account dealing in one classroom with disturbed, learning disabled and /or autistic children. Class size matters much more then.
In economically disadvantaged areas, there are more teen moms, and children with other severely troubling issues. Shy seemed to miss the gravity of such issues in his research.
I did like the support for longer days and shorter breaks. Extra time in school is a very good way to help bridge gaps. It goes without question, that administrators and teachers have the greatest impact on learning.
Thank you for researching and writing. I really found it interesting and valuable though I disagreed with the finding on class size,