Yesterday J and I went to see Waiting for Superman...
Going into this movie I was prepared for a lot of mixed emotions. As a fourth year public school teacher, I know far too well that our system is flawed, but I don't think all the blame should be put on teachers*. I was afraid this would be what the movie focused on. I can gladly report that it didn't.
*But trust me....I definitely believe there are bad teachers out there. In fact, we can say I know there are bad teachers in our schools. My first year I witnessed many teachers who had a job only because of tenure.
This documentary spells out the problems our schools are facing in a way that doesn't blame just one person or one group. It shows that there are GREAT teachers out there doing the best job they can and making an impact on children, but it also showed that there are teachers out there who are doing nothing to serve the children in their classrooms. Teachers who tell children that they will earn a paycheck regardless or not that child learns. It discusses how politicians are holding schools back on the national, state and local level. And it went into great detail about the way teacher unions are stopping schools from becoming great. There was only one other factor that I think comes into play that was not addressed**.
If you want to know more about the problems facing our schools, or if you want to see real children whose education system is failing them, or if you just want to see a well made documentary, go see this. It will be worth every penny you pay. I think every American, with or without children, would benefit from going to see this.
**I don't feel comfortable posting that on my public blog...if you're curious email me or direct message me on twitter...I have lots to say on the issue!