by Susan Linn (published in the 9-27-17 issue of the Los Angeles Times)
DEY's Senior Advisor, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and her son, Matt Damon, participated in the recent screening of Backpack Full of Cash. The film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America's most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, it takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of education "reform" where public education - starved of resources and awash in standardized testing - hangs in the balance.
The Boston premier screening, sponsored by Citizens for Public Schools,, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and Defending the Early Years, was was shown to a capacity audience at the Wheelock College Family Theater on September 13. After the film, there was a roundtable discussion, featuring Dr. Carlsson-Paige, Damon (a product of the Boston Public Schools), CCFC's Josh Golin, and Boston Teachers' Union President, Jessica Tang, and Boston student activist, Luis Navarro.
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"As teachers, we are fighting for kids to play." - Bianca Tanis, Special Education Kindergarten Teacher
"Policymakers' de-emphasis on play causes us to begin to look at the children as mini-adults, instead of children who are already working hard at what they are doing..." - Sara Sheppard, First Grade Teacher
"We need to speak up. It's our job. We are the voices of these children." - Matt Elkin, First Grade Teacher
At DEY, we want to congratulate this group of New York State early childhood teachers who released this fantastic video. These educators use their professional knowledge and experience to expertly articulate ideas about young children, child development and the importance of play.