Maryland Film Festival to feature documentary on journey of Filipino teachers in Baltimore
This should be a provocative and evocative look into a phenomenon that has taken place across America and right here in Baltimore--there are more than 600 Filipino teachers in the city--with the hiring boom of Filipino teachers over the past decade to fill positions that require highly qualified teachers. The film's synopsis is: (You can check out the film's Facebook and PBS pages.)
"One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. The Learning is the story of four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities."
Here in Baltimore, we've documented over the years what has often been stories detailing the victimization of Filipino teachers. The most recent story was just last week where we found that the district was using the same practices in hiring Filipino teachers as Prince George's County, which was recently ordered to pay more than $4 million in reimbursement fees to its teachers for work visas and nearly $2 million labor violation penalties.
I look forward to this documentary telling another part of the story.