Last spring I edited an essay for a client who was a student teacher. She had been assigned to write an analysis of the film " Waiting for Superman ," which is about failing schools in the US and supports the charter school movement as a solution. She recommended that I, as a practicing teacher in Canada, view the film myself. I finally got around to doing that last night. Let me start with my caveats.
Waiting for "Superman" is a American documentary film written and directed by Davis Guggenheim and produced by Lesley Chilcott. Geoffrey Canada describes his journey as an educator and recounts the story of his devastation when, as a child, he discovers that Superman is fictional, that "there is no one coming with enough power to save us. Throughout the documentary, different aspects of the American public education system are examined. Things such as the ease in which a public school teacher achieves tenure , the inability to fire a teacher who is tenured, and how the system attempts to reprimand poorly performing teachers are shown to affect the educational environment. Teaching standards are called into question as there is often conflicting bureaucracy between teaching expectations at the school, state, or federal level. The film also examines teacher's unions.
By: Daniel Mitchoff. This has been a problem for decades, with countless time and money spent on trying to solve the problem with virtually no end or solution in sight. The idea of replacing current public schools with charter schools is based has no basis in statistics.