The Ruling Classroom

The Ruling Classroom is an in-depth look at teacher George Muldoon’s experiment with his class at California’s Mill Valley Middle School in 1979. The class creates a simulation of American society, only to see it end in corruption at the highest levels of “government,” complete with its own “Kidgate” scandal. As soon as the kids write their own laws, and start their own businesses, the problems arise: white-collar crime emerges, a group of students attempt to monopolize resources, and the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” grows. The experiment is halted when a child writes an article in the school paper about a teacher slapping a student, and the familiar but make-believe world comes crashing down.

Credits

Directors
Alex Gibney
Peter Bull


Editors
Alex Gibney
Peter Bull


Camera Operator
Peter Bull
Producers
Alex Gibney
Peter Bull


Sound
Alex Gibney
Sonia Rosario