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Don’t “LEGO” of Public Schools: The Movie as Yet Another LEGO Instruction Manual


by Deborah Bieler — September 12, 2014

This essay provides a metaphorical reading of The LEGO Movie, suggesting that the movie itself can serve as an instruction manual, the kind for which LEGO is well known. In this reading, the movie offers step-by-step instructions about how Americans can win the fight against privatizing, corporatizing forces that are attacking our public education system. The author shares these instructions and urges readers to follow them – even though they are, ironically, from a kind of instruction manual – as a way to commit ourselves anew to building and continually re-creating schools that help American youth change the world, not serve corporations’ self-interest.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 12, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17680, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:36:10 AM

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