“I Know Nothing”: The Story of How Bigotry Limits School Choice in America
I Know Nothing: The Story of How Bigotry Limited School Choice in America is a 30-45 minute documentary produced by Sword & Spoon Enterprises for release in 2017. This film will tell a powerful story developed by seasoned scriptwriters in tandem with research talent.
Pioneer Institute seeks to establish a powerful, new line of argument that is a direct attack on the nativist bigotry at the core of the anti-school choice movement.
We will do this by creating a documentary that exposes the persecution and violence directed at Catholics by Know-Nothing mobs during the 1840s and 1850s. This movement influenced a generation of legislative and constitutional changes severely limited parental choice even today. We have all the ingredients to see a turnaround in public sentiment on the issue.