Two unrelated things on my mind today:
First, Waiting for Superman is obviously going to be an influential film, if for no other reason than the anticipation. I’ve actually heard two people – not attached to the film – with visibility into the industry speculate about an Oscar nod. The AFT is doing preventative media work. And PR firms are amped-up on all sides. Besides, anything by Elizabeth Shue’s husband is worth watching and his last education documentary was great, just ill-timed. I saw an early uncut version and will write more after seeing the final.
But, The Lottery is a terrific and powerful film that hopefully won’t be completely swamped by the coming Superman wave. If you haven’t seen it, well worth checking out.
Also, was looking at some forthcoming work today keyed to some findings coming out of state data systems. I’m a big proponent of more use of data to inform policy and practice, and think the Data Quality Campaign is a quiet hero of the last decade in terms of high-impact organizations (I hope the new Digital Learning Council becomes analogous). But, the data being put into so many of these systems is messy and often unreliable because of questionable coding and definition practices. That’s below the radar but it’s a real issue because these data systems are only as good as their fuel and a few high-profile problems will spark a crisis of confidence and embolden critics.