ERIC Number: ED532598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America
Swail, Watson Scott, Ed.
Teachers College Press
In "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 Guggenheim's popular documentary, "Waiting for Superman." The film's portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nation's youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the film's 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. This book contains the following: (1) Finding Superman (Watson Scott Swail); (2) The Myth of Charter Schools (Diane Ravitch); (3) Educating Superman (Linda Darling-Hammond and Ann Lieberman); (4) The Potential Impact of Waiting for "Superman" on Schooling in America (Arthur Levine); (5) Newsflash: Superman Has Arrived! And He's Brought an Army (Milton Chen); (6) Waiting for Superman with Clark Kent (Daniel A. Domenech); (7) Superman Isn't Coming (at Least Not with the Red Cape and the Phone Booth) (Peter Smith); (8) Whose Side Is Superman on Anyway? (John Merrow); and (9) Waiting for "Superman": A Response (Ben Levin).
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Equal Education, Public Education, Films, Urban Schools, Educational Quality, Misconceptions, Success, Failure
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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