Waiting for “Waiting for Superman”

As this column from the Albuquerque Journal notes, “Waiting for Superman” may be the most important movie of 2010. With a popular movie, widely distributed in theaters and on Oprah, the push for school choice and improved access to an excellent education is taking on an urgency not seen since the 1950s.

New Mexico is one of the worst performing states in terms of educational achievement in the entire nation (which isn’t performing all that well either). Check this movie out and get yourself and your friends educated and active on the issue.

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2 Replies to “Waiting for “Waiting for Superman””

  1. Among the unphotogenic facts about charter schools are two critical ones. One, the percentage of those worse than the average established by non-charter public schools is twice the percentage of those better than average. Two, those that are better than average usually have demographically unrepresentative student populations.
    Charter schools are another indication of the new American self-loathing which reflects itself in the deconstruction of public institutions and, more generally, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    1. I’m not sure what you mean in your conclusion Michael. I think charter schools have a great deal of potential, but they are still a relatively new experiment. If our schools are going to succeed and do so consistently, real choice and real incentives must be built into the system. For example, charters should not be forced to accept any and all applicants.

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