I might be the only educator who has not seen Waiting for Superman.
Now there is a screening of an independent film called
The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman. Basically, this film says that Waiting for Superman was an infomercial for charter schools and tells little about what parents and teachers know is going on in our school systems.
I am really interested to see what film I agree with more. If I was a weatherman, which I'm not, I would predict that I will agree with Waiting for Superman more. If you read my blog, you know I went to private schools, taught at a Montessori School, and now teach in an urban public school. Yes I know what you're thinking. . . what a change. I honestly had no idea even how a public school worked when my first principal handed me the keys to my classroom and left me with a bunch of 6th graders who could have only been thinking "where did this teacher come from, a GAP catalogue?" I was totally clueless about public school, myself as a teacher, and my students. (My student teaching experience was only a few short months in an elementary school.) I luckily had a rockstar for a teaching mentor who was the Michelle Pfieffer of teachers.
When I was in high school, having awesome speakers (politicians, artists, actors, some of my personal heros like Gordan Parks and Jerry Uelsmann), playing every sport imaginable, having state of the art technology and high energy teachers I thought one thing. EVERY KID SHOULD HAVE THIS! I felt guilty that education was not the same for every kid. I was well aware that I had an unfair advantage. That's one of the reasons I decided to be a teacher in a public school. Private, public, charter, each has its positives and negatives. Stella, my daughter, will attend public school for most of her schooling because I believe in public education and public school teachers. But, I'm not married to public education. I'm invested in education and great education in whatever form it comes. Like my weatherman lately, predictions can be wrong.
I will post my review after I see both movies. . . until then have you seen any of these films? Please be a spoiler. What did you think?