Waiting for Superman Movie Reviews
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This movie is a propaganda film pushing the privatization of education. Our end all is definitely not allowing corporations to take over education. In every charter located within my city teachers are paid less and are not required to be state certified. The charter schools shown in the video are a band aid for an inner city problem. If your child had to wait on a lottery to get into a school of which your parent had to apply don't you think your parent is going to push and support education? They don't have to deal with discipline either. After all do you think a student is going to be allowed to stay if he is tagging the school, selling drugs, or bringing a hand gun to school? Not when there are 70 slots out of a large number of applicants. Charter schools worked in this video because they are either boarding the students which enables their environment to be controlled or they were at a school where the parents were gratefull their child had the opportunity to attend. If they are grateful they are going to make sure their child is doing what they need to do well. The number one problem with education today is money. The video said that in 1971 four thousand was being spent on each child for education and that now forty years later ten thousand is being spent. The video said that was more, how can that be more? Anyone who has taken an economics class knows that money doubles every fifteen years. So in forty (2011)years we would have to be spending roughly 30 thousand per child to be spending the same amount of money and that's just to break even. We are not spending more, we're spending less. The video also showed a number of tests scores for eighth grade students in reading and math across the United States ranging from 20-40 percent. Wow, that does look bleak, but that's not true! Go on any state website and look at the statistical data for eighth grade students. It's no where near that. The lowest I found was in the 60's percent range. Texas had in the 90's and 80's. Where does this film maker get off? The video was also blaming lack of change in the public school due to teacher unions. They said you just can't get rid of bad teachers because the unions won't let them. That's a fallacy also. Most states don't even have teacher unions and no tenure. That's a thing of the past. I teach in Texas and they can dump you whenever they want. I belong to a union, but it is weak because Texas is a non unon state. I have very little rights as a teacher as in most states. This movie takes a small piece of the pie and generalizes it like it's the norm across the United States to get their opinion across and it's just not true. If you want to change public education push for more funding through your state representative because that's the only way positive change it going to take place and keep big business out of education.
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With all due respect, Dave missed the point of the doc**entary. Of course education, as well as every aspect of a child's development, starts at home with good parenting. I don't think anyone will dispute that. But as the Wall Street journal quoted, "a wise choice [in WFS] was to exclude children of flagrantly dysfunctional families, since their needs transcend schooling." The film doesn't waste the viewers time talking about parenting because everyone already recognizes that as the major influence in every facet of a child's life.
With that said, this movie addresses the education system itself, recognizing the problems that happen inside of schools as well as in the educational political structure that enables such problems to exist. In other words, it highlights flaws that we allow to take place in our schools, flaws that we, as a nation, actually have the ability to change. Had the movie addressed parenting, the film wouldn't be about education and would draw attention away from the public schools, which need to be under the microscope now more than ever. And that's exactly what this film does.
This film misses the point, as do most critiques of our education system.
Education starts at home. If there is not an intact, loving supporting family, with a moral compass, to direct and focus the student on education, then no amount of funding, new educational theories, bussing, etc., will make much difference. It all starts at home. This is just one of the by-products of our post-modern, existentialist society.
(former HS teacher)