Education Speaker Ninive Calegari's American Teacher is a Conversation Starter [VIDEO]
Based in part on her book Teachers Have It Easy (which was co-written with Eggers), the film argues that teaching is becoming a less viable career career option for our best and brightest; with many teachers working second jobs to support themselves financially and more still quitting before their fifth year on the job. While it contains startling facts and in-depth interviews with both policy makers and teachers alike, Calegari says that the main goal of the film is to open audiences up to new ideas about how we structure our educational system.
"This is sort of scandalous to say," former teacher Calegari admits in a keynote speech, "but the film isn't really that important. The film is just a tool—what we're trying to do is start conversations." (That comment aside, the film is immensely watchable!) Calegari, who is the co-founder of 826 National, has dedicated her post-teaching career to sparking a national conversation about how we can ensure that teachers are given the recognition and compensation they deserve. Her inspiring talks provide concrete ways to improve education not only for those who work in the field, but for those who stand the most to gain—our children.