This is my first of several short blogs on the new film documentary, “Waiting for Superman”. This film dramatically tells the story of how so many children are being left behind in the public education system. It sounds the alarm for radical change. American students rank below most industrialized countries in everything, but confidence.
Bad schools contribute to bad neighborhoods, Dropouts and other students with poor reading and math skills are early predictors for who will end up in prisons.
The movie allows viewers to follow several families in their quest to get the best education for their children.
Some schools are better than others. For many who are not wealthy, hope lies in being picked by lottery to attend a public charter school.
School unions, ineffective teachers, and what is described as an outdated approach by American schools, constitute the problem.
The movie made me weep even though there are some signs of hope.
Here is what I believe:
• Good teachers can and do change lives.
• In our country those who can afford choices usually opt to move to communities with the best schools or pay for private education.
• Our system of education is based on a model that few have choices, many have a chance, and thousands are left behind.
What role do you think Christians have in responding to this national crisis?