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Ryan Coogler to Direct and Michael B. Jordan to Star in ‘Wrong Answer’ Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ryan Coogler (l) and Michael B. Jordan (r) [photo via shadowandact.com]
by Tambay A. Obenson via shadowandact.com

Director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan will reunite once again for an adaptation of a 2014 essay in The New Yorker titled “Wrong Answer,” written by Rachel Aviv, which explores an adult standardized test cheating scandal at Atlanta Public Schools through the lens of one middle school. If Coogler reteaming with Jordan wasn’t thrilling enough, Ta-Nehisi Coates is attached to write the screenplay based on Aviv’s article.

In addition, Brad Pitt’s Plan B (producer on Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” as well as “Selma,” “12 Years a Slave” and more) will produce “Wrong Answer” with Coogler, Dede Gardner and Jeremy KelinerNew Regency will also produce and fully finance the picture. Jordan will star as math teacher Damany Lewis, who struggles under the pressure imposed on his students and school to meet unrealistic standardized testing scores as part of the No Child Left Behind project. In order to save their jobs and prevent their school from shutting down, he joined in an effort to cheat the scores.

The scandal led to 11 teachers being convicted on racketeering charges. This will be the 4th time Coogler and Jordan will work together after “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and the upcoming “Black Panther,” which Coates has also been involved in, writing the new Black Panther comic book series, which influences Coogler’s upcoming Marvel and Disney superhero film.

Source: Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan Reunite for ‘Wrong Answer’ – Scripted By Ta-Nehisi Coates

17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal Is On Mission To Transform Education for American Kids

Nikhil Goyal’s book One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School will be published in September by Alternative Education Resource Organization. (Photo courtesy of Nikhil Goyal)

Nikhil Goyal is only 17 years old, but he has big ideas for fixing the American school system.  A rising high school senior in Woodbury, NY, Goyal is a fresh face in the world of education reform. Eloquent and articulate, he has publicly argued to abolish the infamous No Child Left Behind legislation; repeal its successor Race to the Top; and create schools based on creative projects, not standardized testing. Continue reading “17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal Is On Mission To Transform Education for American Kids”