stephanie jones

Do we need Superman?

In democracy, Education Policy, family-school relations, films for teacher education, high-stakes tests, NCLB, politics, professional development resources on October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Thanks again to PS for sending this from NPR –

It’s a slightly critical review of “Waiting for Superman” – the documentary focused on failing public schools, the Knights in Shining Armour who can save them (School Reformers – with a capital S and R), and the villains who have destroyed them (teacher unions).


If you have already seen Waiting for Superman, I STRONGLY recommend “Race to Nowhere” – a completely different perspective on the problem of public schools – but also a documentary.


Some folks say Waiting for Superman is “pro-kids” but it creates heroes out of folks who keep pushing the kind of Reform that is destroying kids and childhood (excluding Geoffrey Canada, perhaps, who has a much more holistic perspective on what kids and families need – I have no idea where Canada stands regarding curriculum and assessment…).




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