ERIC Number: EJ913283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Is "Superman" the Conversation We Need?
Tirozzi, Gerald N.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n4 p23-25 Dec 2010
It is hard to look away from the vulnerable faces of the children whose educational odysseys are highlighted in the movie "Waiting for Superman." The movie longs for the good old days when U.S. education was the best in the world, without considering how content U.S. communities were with low expectations and low achievement for low-socioeconomic status populations. The movie points to the 2,000 schools that Bob Balfanz called "dropout factories" to depict a "nationwide crisis in education" without mentioning that all but a few of those schools are in impoverished urban and deep rural areas where students' challenges go well beyond academic--and well beyond the reach of schools to resolve. In this article, the author responds to the controversial movie. The author stresses that we should be grateful that "Waiting for Superman" is broadening the conversation about public schools throughout the nation. We need an honest, productive conversation about the standards and expectations for student performance. We need an honest, productive conversation about how schools should be organized and resourced to drive the achievement we expect.
Descriptors: Public Education, Low Achievement, Rural Areas, Urban Areas, Disproportionate Representation, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Educational Opportunities, Barriers, Charter Schools, Politics of Education, Expectation, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States