WSPD to host ‘Kids Aren’t Cars’ screening on March 2Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
WSPD talk show host Brian Wilson said he hopes members of the Toledo Public Schools Board (TPS) of Education attend a screening of “Kids Aren’t Cars,” which addresses problems found in public schools.
1370 WSPD is promoting the showing, which is at 7 p.m on March 2 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre. Brian Wilson, WSPD news director and program director, said the station decided to promote the film after interviewing the film’s director and writer, Kyle Olson.
“It’s reflective of a theme; don’t put kids in an education system like they are on an assembly line,” Wilson said. “The mission of the station is to change the culture of Toledo. The film directs attention to problems that are embedded at Toledo Public Schools. We hope that the TPS board can all manage to arrange their schedule to make the event.”
Wilson said the film shows America’s “one-size-fits-all” agenda and accuses schools of graduating some students who cannot read or perform basic math — all to benefit school labor unions rather than the students.
Olson is the founder and CEO of the Education Action Group Foundation and promotes “sensible education reform,” according to his website, kyleolson.org. He will attend the Toledo premiere.
Olson said he worked on “Kids Aren’t Cars” for 18 months and “quite a lot of research went into making it.”
“One interview would lead to the next,” Olson said. “It kind of snowballed.”
The film focuses on Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, but he said the issues discussed in the film also hold true for other states, including Ohio.
Olson said he became interested in making a change because of his child, who will soon be starting kindergarten. Olson attended a public school in Michigan. He said he believes education is important, especially since it’s usually the “largest piece of budgets and schools are not improving.”
Wilson said the problems Toledo schools face are a “public embarrassment.” He said some schools have been on scholastic probation for a number of years yet students still receive diplomas.
“What the hell kind of education does that kid have?” Wilson said. “No one is going to want to move [to Toledo] if the school system sucks.”