M. Night Shyamalan, who directed “The Sixth Sense,” focused on education for his recently published book, “I Got Schooled.”
At the apartment of former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who founded the Parents’ Transparency Project, Shyamalan spoke to a group that included Grace Hightower, Katie Couric, Alexandra Pelosi, Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan, Newark Schools chief Cami Anderson and Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz.
“In America, we’re actually educating our kids very well… but just the white kids,” Shyamalan said. “If you pull out schools in which 85 percent of students qualify for a free meal, which are predominantly African-American and Hispanic, the data show that the rest of the kids are being taught better in America than anywhere else in the world. Countries like Finland teach their white kids well, and we teach our white kids better.”
These education reformers and failed directors/would-be reformers have been drawing the race card an awful lot lately to sell their corporate reforms (see here and here.)
Failed director Shyamalan doesn't seem to realize that race is not the issue, class is.
Lots of poor white kids face many of the same educational challenges poor kids of color do.
This dude should go back to making crappy films and leave education policy to people who know what they're talking about.
I covered this before in the summer, but it needs to be said again.