Speaking of Being Smart…..
Have you seen the movie Waiting for Superman?
It’s really great. We’ve thrown money, legislation, and testing at our schools and somehow we’re not smarter. There are many great teachers, therapists, and administrators who are banging their heads against the brick wall of the system and are frequently unable to help our kids to the fullest because the system is broken. This film gives great examples of successful schools that make me want to say, “ok, just do that.” It’s not that easy.
We live in a one school town. There are no choices. That being said, all of the schools in our district make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress per No Child Left Behind). What struck me in this film were the crying children at the end. They were part of a lottery system that chooses the great school over the failing school randomly. These kids had an impending sense of doom and knew their hope for a better life rested at least in part in education. They wanted to go to school, a good school, and we, the adults in their lives, couldn’t give them that.
Watch the movie then go here for more information.