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A Brief Note on the movie WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
Several weeks ago I had the chance to watch WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, the controversial documentary on public education in the United States. A great deal of the information presented is jarring: below 50% proficiency in Math and English among U.S. students across the country, high drop out rates, and Teachers' Unions stifling education. One of the more interesting arguments put forth was the idea that low performing high schools (schools that have high drop-out rates)actually have added to the crime and poverty of the inner cities where these schools are. For years the accepted belief was that these schools were not doing well because they were in dangerous and blighted areas. Now it seems that the onus is on the schools to improve or close. Educators would do well to see this movie and ponder the aforementioned argument. If the argument is true, then schools have a great deal more responsibility than just educating our youth, they become the moral and economic influences of our communities.
Article posted January 5, 2011 at 08:03 AM •
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