Where schools are failing, we owe it to others and to ourselves to examine why. The belligerent, class-baiting vitriol you so often hear when there is any criticism of education in this country is ill-advised and unwelcome.
Although it's difficult to name a "best film" or favorite from the long list that screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, one truly does stand out. Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for "Superman" is unforgettable.
Much of what has been written about Harlem Village Academies, Green Dot and many other charter schools is the product of a massive PR machine, of which Waiting for "Superman" is just the glossiest example.
We were eight park moms who galvanized neighborhood parents and then organized an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago's best, virtually overnight.
We are a nation at war, and if we lose this war, our nation is in grave danger. But we're not talking about the war in Afghanistan, we're talking about the war going on here in our country, the war of education.
While the film presents a compelling story of a system in crisis -- there is something the film doesn't mention at all: that Design Thinking can turn us all into the education reform Supermen and Superwomen we have been waiting for.