The War on Kids (2009)
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Critic Reviews for The War on Kids
By and large, the docu's closely reasoned case synchs up nicely with Soling's freewheeling visual approach.
Cevin Soling's lively documentary lays out in hair-raising detail the authoritarian underpinnings of America's child-centered culture.
Arranged in sections that range from merely interesting to downright horrifying, this provocative documentary suggests a system regulated by fear and motivated by the desire to control.
Audience Reviews for The War on Kids
The War on Kids is amongst the greatest documentaries I've seen. It shows the problems of the public school system in an outspoken point of view. It shows how our schools are modeled after prisons, and children are treated as prisoners. It is biased, but I agreed with everything that was being said. Which ranged from zero tolerance to the myth of ADHD. As a student myself maybe in 15 years I won't feel this film as much as I do now, but I hope that I will always recognize this message. Unless this message would be out dated in the future, which would be a great thing. The film even got me enraged at some points, especially when talking about the whole guilty until proven innocent approach. It was also lively and entertaining, full of energy, and even humorous. The people interviewed were animated, and knowledgable. It'd be an interesting day if this was shown to every high schooler across the nation.
It gets off to a slow start, but it ultimately raises some very good and disturbing questions about education today. It made me feel really sad for the kids who are in school, but also afraid for the future of the country.
If you are a teacher, you are not gonna like this movie unless you can see the errors in the way that the school system really affects children in a negative way at the worst possible time. Nobody wants to fail a class or get held back, because the all wanna get done with school as quick a possible. Maybe we should make school more enjoyable, since a lot of kids now have bad parents. Just think about how stressed the homes are with economic issues, marital strife, poverty, single parents, etc.... Maybe school should be about education, fun, and adapting to other people and not just indoctrination into "The American Way"
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