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  • Summary: The Teacher Salary Project encompasses a feature-length documentary film, an interactive online resource, and a national outreach campaign that delves into the core of our educational crisis as seen through the eyes and experiences of our nation's teachers. This project is based on the New York Times bestselling book Teachers Have It Easy by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of the 826 National writing programs Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 30, 2011
    This heartbreaking and essential look into the lives of those who put so much into educating other people's children ought to be seen by anyone concerned about the fate of the public school system, and the nation as a whole.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 28, 2011
    The film is relentlessly one-sided enough to become tiring, but it's impossible not to feel for the main characters, who all love what they do while continually being forced to question how feasible it is.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 27, 2011
    What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents.
  4. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Sep 27, 2011
    There is a passionate, combative and riveting documentary to be made about the plight of the American schoolteacher, but unfortunately the well-meaning, unfailingly decent and overly slack American Teacher isn't it.
  5. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Sep 27, 2011
    The movie is a curious blend of teacher-appreciation mandate and recruitment video, though it's not always clear at whom the narration's gravely spoken factoids are directed.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 29, 2011
    American Teacher doesn't come close to doing what it sets out to do, but it does end up as a heartfelt, bittersweet portrait of several teachers.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 29, 2011
    A very important subject gets too dry a treatment to keep one's attention focused.

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