Duncan Documentary

Some Medill grads are making a documentary about Sue Duncan, Arne's mom, and the tutoring center that she's run for 50 years, interviewing former students who were touched by her work. Check out the sweet picture to the right, and click and watch the trailer below.  It's a Kickstarter, so if you like it feel free to support it.  Or if you have any direct experiences with the program or with her, let us know what you remember.  After all, it's called "Remember Me, Sue."

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  • BOOOOOORRRRRRRIIIIIIIINNNNGGGGGG!!!!

    Seriously though, documentaries reached the tipping point about 5 years ago. We don't need to document everyone and everything. If anything we need to cull the herd. In the tsunami of mediocrity, true gems are going unnoticed.

    If you need to resort to Kickstarter to fund your project perhaps you need to reevaluate things. The dude who filmed Searching For Sugar Man did it on an iPhone and a shoestring.

  • How many times have we seen versions of this story? Benevolent (and wealthy) Ms. Daisy helps the blacks folks. Black folks are unanimously grateful to the tough, but lovable old lady. The lady is a saint.

    On the other hand, the data shows that Woodlawn is still one of the most struggling neighborhoods in Chicago. Maybe Ms. Duncan needs to reevaluate her methods. Boy Arne knows, data proves all.

  • Kickstarter is great. Not just for loser projects.

  • The ratio of loser projects to great projects is still too high.

    Maybe I should start a Kickstarter campaign to convince the producer NOT to document this tired old story.

    I know it looks like I'm kicking an old lady, but c'mon ENOUGH with the congratulatory victory laps. A similar documentary (minus the silver spoon part) could be made about THOUSANDS of CPS teachers. High time we stop worshiping the so-called elites no matter how "kind" or "nice" they seem.

  • Maybe I should start a Kickstarter campaign to convince the producer NOT to document this tired old story.

    I know it looks like I'm kicking an old lady, but c'mon ENOUGH with the congratulatory victory laps. A similar documentary (minus the silver spoon part) could be made about THOUSANDS of CPS teachers. High time we stop worshiping the so-called elites no matter how "kind" or "nice" they seem.

  • CRAZY white lady coming into the hood and winning over skeptical black people is one of the most tired cliches there is.

  • I am the little girl on the right behind the girl in the blue jacket with the beads... actually, the picture is of my family. My sister (the girl in the blue jacket with the beads), my 3 cousins and myself. The "CRAZY" white lady saved many lives in that community, including mine and I will forever be indebted to her and her family. It is because of her dedication, love and commitment to children with backgrounds similar to mine that I was able to beat the odds and outshine many "privileged" children and become one of CPS' teachers, and now school leaders. It is because of Sue and her family that I am in the final stage of getting my doctorate degree in Urban Education Leadership... now how many people can say that. To many, this sounds like another "Ms. Daisy" story, but for a lot of people, they would be lost in this huge world without Sue. She was and will always be a mother to me and I am grateful and thankful to her for noticing the invisible children of that community. Sue is a magnificent woman!

  • I, too, had a youth mentor that some might have called a crazy white lady (although it wasn't Mrs. Duncan) who helped poor kids in Chicago. I'm forever indebted and thankful for her efforts.

  • we have a principal who sings to students during annoucements

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