Waiting for Superman could be a very big deal, writes Matthew Ladner, after watching Oprah’s education reform show.
The unions have lost the war of ideas, this film powerfully makes that point in an incredibly poignant fashion, and many union puppets will be looking for a new line of work in a few weeks.
Greg Forster is also getting triumphal: “The unions are primed for a major defeat.”
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the education revolution, responds Rick Hess in a snarky, but funny, column.
I had to tell somebody. I grabbed the poor kid at the concession stand. “I just saw the most amazing film,” I told him. “My eyes are wide open.”
. . . “Did you know that we’re screwing over poor kids in the inner city? That their schools stink? But that it’s possible to do better?” I asked.
“Yeah, I think I saw that in my mom’s Newsweek last year,” he said. “And, come to think of it, I remember hearing in middle school about something called A Nation at Risk that came out, like, thirty years ago.”
“Yeah, me too. But, now, with the lights and the cinematography and the music, it’s real for me. I feel it now,” I said. “We spend a lot of money but our kids don’t do all that well. But, and this is the cool thing, there are these charter schools that do terrific. The trick is that there are not enough charter schools for all the kids. So kids have to hope they luck into a spot.”
“Sounds like we need more charter schools,” the kid said.
“Exactly,” I said. “This is what’s so great. I used to overcomplicate things. But what we need are charter schools and better teachers. Now the way forward is so much clearer.”
On EdReformer, Douglas Crets predicts the movie will be important, “but it’s not really going to solve anything,” any more than Davis Guggenheim’s last movie, An Inconvenient Truth, fixed climate change.