Madeleine Sackler Director/Producer of “The Lottery” Q&A

Posted: July 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

I watched a CSPAN Q&A with Madeleine Sackler, director and producer of the 80 minute documentary “The Lottery.” The actual documentary is available on DVD in August, so I haven’t seen that yet.Β  I was surprised to find that Madeleine graduated from high school in 2001, two years later than I graduated. She’s young!

Eva Moskowitz, the founder of Harlem Success Academy in NY, seems to make many appearances in the film. I saw that some have criticized her for her high salary: over $300K per year. If her schools are extremely successful and she is successfully equipping students with the skills they will need to be stable/productive adults, why the criticism about her salary? Lil’ Wayne and Bret Michaels definitely make much more than Eva, and what are they doing to make society a better place? I’m sure some would argue that those performers are doing something,Β  but so is Eva Moskowitz. Why criticize her for her salary just because she works in the field of education?

I can understand the fear of people going into the ownership/management of charter schools for profit being alarming because we want education to matter and not have leaders obsessed over personal monetary profits. In this particular case though, I do believe that Eva genuinely cares about the futures of her students, so if she’s making an awesome salary, good for her.

The CSPAN interview is long, about an hour, but it is definitely worth watching.

  1. Tonya says:

    I AGREE 1000%. The folks who are corrupting the youth gets paid out of the a$$, it almost feels like a conspiracy or something!

    How dare anyone get made that this woman is making 300k because she is providing an excellent education!

    SMH..its a shame how society has really been *dumbed down* in the words of another rapper(Jay Z) who has contributed to disrupting the youth!

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