Monday, October 11, 2010

Waiting for Superman Review

If you don't live under a rock you probably know that there is a problem with the education system in America. Drop out rates are unacceptable and it seems like no matter what legislation is passed, the problems do not seem to go away. Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman acknowledges this issue and skims through the basics of the problem and possible solutions. If you are interested in education or just want to be more aware of some of the many issues in public schools today, this is a great start. The documentary doesn't go as deep into the issues as I would like, but it does provide a basic Education 101 look at the achievement gap, low-test scores, tenure, bad teachers, etc.

This movie did leave me inspired to research more about teacher unions and how they impact what happens in the classroom and beyond. It seems ironic that an organization that is meant to protect teachers can be the very thing that holds education from moving forward.

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