Education reformer and writer Whitney Tilson, who helped launch Teach for America in 1989, has a dream: that little boys and little girls of all economic backgrounds in the United States have the same education.
He put his dream into a documentary film, A Right Denied: The Critical Need for Genuine School Reform, which was released in April 2010 and produced by documentary filmmaker Bob Compton.
In A Right Denied, Tilson argues that the United States faces twin achievement gaps as it increasingly falls behind its economic competitors and a wide academic gap persists between low-income, minority students and their more affluent peers.
"What I have seen in the past around the whole education debate in how to improve education in the U.S. is a lot of misinformation and a lot of misrepresentation of the facts," says Compton.
The top third of students, or those who have college-educated, wealthier parents, get the best teachers, and the bottom third of kids, who need great teachers the most, get the very worst teachers, Tilson says in the film.
Tilson offers solutions, including providing more school choice, using proven curricula, and setting high expectations. For more information, visit www.2mminutes.com.