Reform: Is "Superman" Moving Us Backwards?
I must admit having given up wading through all the Waiting For Superman / Education Nation stuff over the last couple of days. Far as I can tell, the benefits of all this coverage and commentary (a temporary uptick in public concerns about education) have been matched or perhaps even outweighed by the internal strife that's been generated among various stakeholders and kind of reformers. Waiting For Supermen in particular has prompted the release of a lot of pent-up anger among educators who voted for Obama but have been sorely disappointed at his reforms. They're mad at Race To The Top, and at Michelle Rhee-style reformers, and then WFS comes along and gives them a heaping dose of the same stuff and it's in their homes on Oprah and Today and in the newsweeklies. Unfortunately, the movie perpetuates some inaccurate and outdated notions about what works (ie, charters) and how reforms take hold (without teachers). But now I'm repeating myself (Reform: Union-Bashing Is So 2007) and none of us needs any more of that.