The Lottery (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Lottery
You look at all these beautiful kids, with all the potential in the world, and every expectation for a great life, and you know that at most one-sixth of them will come out of the room with a fighting chance. That shouldn't be.
The film takes an effective, two-pronged approach to tell its enlightening tale.
Though infinitely classier -- and easier on the eyes -- than Cartel, the recent documentary exploring public education, this latest charter-school commercial is no less one-sided.
Charter schools, good or bad? That's the question raised by director Madeleine Sackler's timely but standard documentary The Lottery.
Audience Reviews for The Lottery
I hadn't heard of this. I only knew that it was similar subject matter as Waiting for Superman, which has got a lot of press. So I watched it thinking maybe it was a so-so version of that film. But I was pleasantly surprised. Basically it follows different charter schools in New York, and shows how vastly superior they are at educating children than the NY public school system. These schools are funded by private donations, so kids an get in for free, which creates a huge amount of applicants with only a fraction of slots available. So a lottery is held to see who gets in. The biggest surprise was how many people are against these schools, mostly driven by teacher's unions and fear of gentrification. I still haven't seen Waiting for Superman, but this a fine film for the time being. ~On netflix streaming~
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