I had the day off today and finally fulfilled my pledge to see Waiting for Superman, a documentary about the horrific state of public education in our country and what we need to do to fix it. The film also a grass roots movement to “build public awareness, ignite personal involvement and inspire real social change.”
We all know that we need better teachers but these were some other take aways:
- The teachers unions suck and keep bad teachers in their jobs
- The two big teacher’s unions together are the highest contributors to the democratic national party
- Poor “at risk” kids can learn in good schools
- Middle class kids are also drastically under performing, they just have more smart kids in their schools that boost up the average
- It would be A LOT cheaper to send a child to a private school for 4 years than to pay for his prison stay for one year
- Kids will remember anything if it is incorporated in to a rap song (maybe only kids who like rap music)
It loved it. I was holding back tears at the end. My mouth was agape during a scene where they showed the “rubber room” in NYC where teachers who have been removed from the classroom (for reasons from tardiness to sexual harassment) are getting paid to sit in this room all day and do nothing while they wait for their cases to be heard. I am paying these people’s salaries! (They looked like a scary lot, too)
When I walked out of the theater, I thought, how can we abolish these teacher’s unions? Can’t we just put it to a vote? Then I realized I have no idea how things even get on the ballot. That is pathetic. Or maybe we need to start an anti-teacher’s union organization that will donate MORE money than the teacher’s unions to the politicians if they promise to get rid of them?
I think I need some more information here. We can all check out the Waiting For Superman website and learn lots more about what we can do!..and if the movie is still playing near you, SEE IT!!! Please!!!!!