Two independent films have been launched across the country at this ‘back-to-school time of year: Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere, Both films present the very real and very dangerous issues facing public education in this country. I’ll next wait for the film that address the very real and very dangerous issues facing TRADITIONAL education across the country.
Both of these films present pictures of children being underserved by the school system. They depict children vying to get in to local charter schools by lottery and children simply not having real opportunities to deevlop into the people that they could be.
There is no shortage of education reformers with different ideas that could work. Why, in this century of change and innovation, are we not breaking free of government-run schools? Why are we not letting charter organizations and other with different ideas, to set up schools as they wish and let parents take their education tax dollars where they would like: just like deciding which restaurant to eat at. In the “land of the free”, in the country that celebrates the individual’s responsibility and ability to “make something of her life” why are we still allowing governments to mandate what kind of schools we can have. They have failed miserably. The evidence for this is all around.
Let’s take to the streets, parents. Let’s take back control of our children’s lives in this hugely critical arena.
Go out and see these films, Get on their websites and make sure they are coming to your town. Ask your local school board to watch them, show up at a school board meeting and ask what’s going to be done.
We need parent/school choice because not every child learns the same way and because there are many ideas out there. Let the best ideas rise to the top like in other fields. Let the best school models show themselves.
It’s a sad state of affairs that “lurking bellow the surface in America a menace threatens our children’s futures and we’re waiting for that superman/hero who always comes to the rescue….” . Yet, superman is at present tied down – OUR government won’t let him be free because they are in control of education.