Back in Black - Education Crisis

  • Aired:  10/05/10
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Lewis Black is all for charter schools as long as the selection process is as public and cruel as humanly possible. (5:01)

>> Jon: WELCOME BADGE -- BACK.

WHEN A NEWS STORY FALLS THROUGH

THE CRACKS LEWIS BLACK CATCHES

IT FOR A SEGMENT WE CALL BACK IN

BLACK.

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>> AHH, FALL THAT MAGICAL TIME

OF YEAR WHEN THE LEAVES ARE

TURNING AND WE SPEND A WEEK OR

TWO PRETENDING WE'RE ACTUALLY

GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE

CONDITION OF OUR SCHOOLS.

[LAUGHTER]

NBC DID THEIR PART WITH A

SPECIAL SERIES.

>> TOO MANY SCHOOLS ARE FAILING

OUR CHILDREN.

>> THIS MORNING WE KICK OFF A

WEEK LONG COMMITMENT AT NBC NEWS

TO EDUCATION NATION.

>> NBC, A WEEK FOR EDUCATION, 51

WEEKS FOR INCARCERATION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET

SCIENTIST TO UNDERSTAND OUR

SCHOOLS ARE BROKEN, WHICH IS

GOOD BECAUSE NONE OF US ARE.

THE QUESTION IS: WHAT ARE WE

GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

>> THE ROBERT F. KENNEDY

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IS FULL OF

MODERN BUILDINGS AND EXQUISITE

AUDITORIUM, A MANICURED PARK.

THE SCHOOL'S PRICE TAG $578

MILLION.

>> HALF A BILLION ON A SCHOOL?

DID THEY BUILD LOS ANGELES A

HOGWARTS?

I'M PRETTY SURE SCHOOL SHOULDN'T

BET NICEST BUILDING YOU'LL EVER

BE INSIDE.

I WENT TO SCHOOL IN AN EMPTY

CARTON OF PALLMALLS.

THERE'S THOSE WHO FEEL KIDS NEED

A CHALLENGING CURRICULUM AND ONE

ON ONE HELP MORE THAN A CAFE AND

PUTTING GREEN SO.

SOME CITIES ARE TRYING CHARTER

SCHOOLS WHICH OFFER A BETTER

EDUCATION BUT ONLY ACCEPT A FEW

KIDS.

A PROCESS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE

DOCUMENTARY WAITING FOR

SUPERMAN.

I'M ALL FOR IT SO LONG AS WE

MAKE THIS ELECTION AS PUBLIC AND

CRUEL AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.

>> FOR THESE KIDS, THEIR ONLY

CHANCE AT GETTING INTO A GREAT

SCHOOL DEPENDS ON WHETHER THEIR

NUMBER IS PICKED IN A LOTTERY.

>> THE FIRST STUDENT SELECTED:

>> 2910.

>> UNFORTUNATELY FOR THOSE KIDS

WHO ARE NOT PICKED, IT WON'T BE

THE LAST TIME THEY PIN ALL THEIR

HOPES ON WINNING THE LOTTERY.

CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GREAT BUT

MOST KIDS ARE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

WHAT IDEAS DO WE HAVE FOR FIXING

THEM?

>> IF YOU DRIVE BY A PUBLIC

SCHOOL EVEN IF YOUR KIDS DON'T

GO IN, WALK IN AND ASK HOW YOU

CAN HELP.

[LAUGHTER]

>> I DON'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN IN

THE -- I'M NOT FROM AROUND HERE.

BUT I WAS JUST DRYING BY AND

WAS -- DRIVING BY AND WAS

WONDERING IF YOUR SCHOOL NEEDED

A BATHROOM MONITOR.

I JUST WANT TO HELP!

[LAUGHTER]

SERIOUSLY.

WHAT KIND OF IDIOT JUST WALKS

INTO THE SCHOOL AND SAYS I'M

TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED BUT I WANT

TO HELP.

>> I'M TONY DANZA AND I WANTED

TO BE A TEACHER.

>> AND THEY LET YOU.

AMERICA'S THIRD FAVORITE TV

HOUSEKEEPERRING IS TEACHING

ENGLISH AS PART OF NEW REALITY

SHOW TEACH TONY DANZA.

MAYBE HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB.

>> YOU THINK YOU KNOW SOMEONE

YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING.

>> I'M MIXED UP.

>> HE LOOKS SO DISORGANIZED.

>> WHAT IS THAT MAN DOING?

>> I'M VERY CONCERNED HE IS NOT

QUALIFIED TO BE AN ENGLISH TEACH

ER.

>> HE ISN'T QUALIFIED TO BE AN

ENGLISH SPEAKER.

HE THINKS THAT THE NAME ANGELA

ENDS IN AN R.

THAT COLON IS EXPOSED TO BE --

SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXCLAMATION

POINT: AS IN FOR THE LOVE OF

GOD COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TEACH

TONY DANZA.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

STILL THERE'S HOPE FOR THE NEXT

GENERATION.

OUR CRISIS IN EDUCATION HAS A

SILVER LINING.

>> AMONG 30 DEVELOPED COUNTRIED

WE RANK 25th IN MATH AND 21ST

IN SCIENCE AND IN ALMOST EVERY

CATEGORY WE'VE FALLEN BEHIND

EXCEPT ONE.

KIDS FROM THE U.S.A. RANK NUMBER

ONE IN CONFIDENCE.

♪ DON'T WANT TO BE AN AMERICAN

IDIOT ♪

>> WHO NEEDS PHYSICS MATH AND

GEOMETRY, JUST A LITTLE MORE

CONFIDENCE AND HE WOULD HAVE

CLEARED THAT ROOF

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