Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America by Watson Scott SwailIn Finding Superman, some of the most prominent educational thinkers of our time examine the pressing issues of educational equity and excellence brought to light in Davis Guggenheims popular documentary, Waiting for Superman. The films portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nations youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the films untold stories. These include the many public schools that are doing an excellent job of educating students, as well as the many charter schools that are doing no better than most public schools, despite their monetary advantages.
With chapters from educational luminaries that include Milton Chen, Linda Darling-Hammond, Dan Domenech, Ben Levin, Arthur Levine, Ann Lieberman, John Merrow, Diane Ravitch, Peter Smith, and Watson Scott Swail, Finding Superman demands a new perspective from readers on a topic of urgent importance to all of us. Achieving excellent schools for all children is not an easy task. As these authors remind us, it requires a more balanced dialogue and a fuller range of evidence to realize truly lasting change.
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Sign in. Get a quick look at the the week's trailers, including Villains , Countdown , Like a Boss , and more. Watch now. A group of New York City public school teachers and parents wrote and produced this documentary in response to Davis Guggenheim's highly misleading film, 'Waiting for Superman. The film highlights the real life experiences of public school parents and educators and takes a holistic look at education reform. Written by Anonymous.
In case you missed the brouhaha, my favorite in-depth, opposing views on the film are here and here. I plan to spend a lot more time in the schools before I dig deeper into some of the claims in the documentary, but I am always skeptical of silver-bullet solutions. Meanwhile, I have been trying to rally some veteran public school teachers to go see WFS with me. Turns out, Guggenheim also wants to hear from teachers. The interesting thing is that out of 87 comments, as of today, not one is positive.
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Anne-Eliese Raya. Leadership proposal Update on Leadership proposal. Research Abstract Research Proposal. The main things that stood out to me were the high numbers in dropout rates, how unprepared students were for college, and the facts regarding public charter schools and how the students had to enter a lottery to obtain a place in one of the schools. I also learned a lot about the kinds of supports needed to help teachers be effective within their classroom, regardless of being in a public or charter school. The last two things that really caught my attention were the barriers in high quality education and parent involvement.
Because I myself am a school teacher, I found that there was no way to write a movie review for either documentary film without wanting to jump into the first-person to share, analyze, and discuss my own impressions along the way. Still, I wanted my reviews to stand on their own as objective and with journalistic integrity. For that reason, I kept my thoughts and feelings on the topics out of the reviews and separated them for a follow-up editorial column after each review. I, myself, am a third grade teacher in a very large suburban and union-based school district in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Prior to that, I worked on a startup year for Chicago International Charter Schools and EdisonLearning at a new charter school in the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the far south side of the city.
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