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The Cartel 2010

NR CC
4.2 out of 5 stars (72) IMDb 7.4/10

American public schools are failing, despite leading the world in spending per student. THE CARTEL examines how the richest society on earth lost the ability to teach its children.

Starring:
Bob Bowdon, Bill Baroni
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Bob Bowdon
Starring Bob Bowdon, Bill Baroni
Supporting actors Rick Berman, Michael Bloomberg, Clint Bolick, Derrell Bradford, Tom Brokaw, Elaine Brown, Mika Brzezinski, Pat Buchanan, Mary Jane Cooper, John Corcoran, Angel Cordero, Jon Corzine, Jim Coston, Lucille Davy, Lou Dobbs, Weysan Dun, Dana Egreczky, Robert Enlow
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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First let me say the bad- this video highlights issues not related to most school districts. For example, organized crime and nepotism do not infiltrate most districts. There were a few times in the video in which the roles of the union and the school board were interchanged. (What happened with the editor?) The greatest disservice of this video is the bias on teachers. Teachers are on the frontline. Most are there not for the pay, not to kick back, not for the vacation, or the hours. Bad teachers are few. Principals and other adminstrators that are doing their job model, encourage, and train teachers in continuous improvement; and they seek to remove the incompetent ones. The Cartel fails to mention that even before a tenured bad-teacher IS FIRED by due process, most bad-teachers are smart enough to go somewhere else or quit the profession.

Compliments to the Cartel for reporting how the district spends money, its failed accountability, and its propaganda to the public. Districts are about money, funding, staffing, and numbers. Districts are good at pointing fingers and hiding truths. Whether you agree with vouchers or not, at least this video gives insight to what they mean, and the politics associated with them. Thank you Cartel for pointing out- kids should be supported by ADMINISTRATION and EDUCATORS, encouraged to work hard, to learn, and to succeed.
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"Cartel" is a mild term for the education establishment in New Jersey that operates more like a crime syndicate. The film presents facts and interviews that will shock those who think inadequate school funding is the problem. This film ranks right up there with The Lottery as an in-depth analysis of why we continue to produce failing students and failing schools despite spending more and more money.
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The format and production quality of the documentary was excellent. The problems highlighted might be a bit more extreme in New Jersey, but the "education unions" are equally as powerful and disinterested in the children in other states. California would provide sufficient data to provide a second volume! Alas, Nepotism and unethical practices are ubiquitous in all "big" government.

The focus of the documentary is on what is wrong verses to how to fix what is wrong. However, based on the depth and breath of the corruption; it is sadly clear that parents will have to by-pass the entire government based educational system to ensure their kids can read and write. In the 1990s many parents we knew had transitioned to homeschooling, this trend has continued. The Church based school systems, as noted in the film, are the best way for parents to provide the necessary foundation for their children: education reading and writing coupled with expectations of moral behavior. At the end of the day, we voters just have to say "no" to all tax increases. It is clear the money goes everywhere else but to the teacher and the class room.

This is by far the best documentary I have seen in years! Outstanding.
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A must see. Just to get an idea of what is or what may be going on in your school system. Eye opening to say the least. I've watched it twice to gather all info provoded. Seems to be well documented. Powerful in it's outline of public schools in general.
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This film is a four alarm fire bell. Every citizen who cares about this nation needs to see this movie and tell ten other people. Buy it for your friends, invite people over to watch, set up a road block on your street and force people to watch... whatever it takes. The movie is about education. No - it's really about the massively immoral and criminal activity occurring *instead* of education. Here's a hint: whenever you hear the phrase "it's for the children" from elected officials, public bureaucrats and union chiefs, grab your wallets, hide your children and devise Plan B because you and your family are about to be churned into the statistics and trapped without options in hell.

Filmmaker Bob Bowdon focuses on the New Jersey cartel but the facts and methods he illuminates apply nationwide in varying degrees. New Jersey is the most egregious example and astute citizens are aware of the pitched battle underway between Gov. Chris Christie and the NJ teacher's unions. Pay attention to this unfolding tale because Christie's success (God-willing) or failure signals the future for the rest of the country. Gov. Christie deserves all of our support in his groundbreaking endeavor, just as Bob Bowdon deserves our support and the highest praise for making this important and highly effective film. It will be up to citizens to create the buzz because those entrenched in the system will resist at all costs and attempt to keep the information under wraps for yet another half century. While millions more children stagnate and drift aimlessly into society without any basic skills, much less the means to support themselves or become productive citizens.

Please see The Cartel, support it, and then do whatever you can to translate the information into action.
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Pulls no punches.
Rightfully does not point finger at teachers, but rather, at administrations, politicians and unions.
The kids' welfare, sadly, are not included in any negotiations. System is corrupt and inept.
I would like to see them study colleges and universities, next.
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