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Waiting for Superman

Debunking the Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Recently, I attempted to unpack the media-augmented narrative -- and national hot button issue du jour -- of public education reform within the context of a fairy tale.

What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

Good schools aren't forced to treat children as standardized objects. They don't expect all teachers to practice in exactly the same way. Human beings are not widgets, and this will never be a successful process.

Finally, Some In-Depth Reporting on Why Students Leave Charters

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Our report on charter accountability offered further proof that charters operate on a different playing field from regular schools, which must accept all students.

What Happens if the Charter School Companies Win?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Companies have defrauded the government, left families deep in unrepayable debt, and cheated students out of an education.

Inside the Classroom and Mind of a Great Teacher

Kathy Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kathy Baron

I'm beginning to agree with traditionalists who argue that education should go back to the old days.

Does Teaching Have a Branding Problem?

Lesley Chilcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lesley Chilcott

Teaching could be a top professional choice here in the United States. We have a prestige deficit when it comes to the idea of teaching and we need to turn this on its head. And fast.

Toby Tannenbaum Talks About Getty's "Open Studio" Program

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bettina Korek

Since joining the Getty Museum in 2008 as assistant director for education, Toby Tannenbaum has expanded its efforts to get contemporary artists involved in education projects. The most recent, Open Studio, is a set of free, online art lesson plans

Market-Based Dogmas Undermine Strong Education

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rick Ayers

Education is all a race, a competition. States must compete against states. Districts against districts. Schools against schools.

OFF HOLLYWOOD: The Five Indie Movies to See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin Autumn is here, some high-quality, high-profile movies are opening, but smaller films, from the U.S. and abroad, still struggle to...

The Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Instead, the school reform debate screeches to its ignoble crescendo. For the most part, the American public has jumped onboard for yet another ride on the self-righteous victimhood express.

Educating for Democracy: If Doctors Were Treated Like Teachers

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to publish the "ratings" of teachers is one more example of the public humiliation many of New York City's best teachers have to endure for "educational reform." What if doctors were treated like this?

Los Angeles Principal Donald Wilson Weighs in on Waiting for Superman

Zorianna Kit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Zorianna Kit

I sat down with Donald S. Wilson, Principal of Wonderland Ave. Elementary in Los Angeles, CA, to discuss his thoughts on Waiting for "Superman" and the public education crisis.

Superman's Race: Documentaries and Problems in the American Educational System

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Hilary Levey Friedman

The educational problems featured in recent documentaries are real. How different they are shows how increasing inequality has affected the educational system, family life, and childhood socialization.

Do You Dither?

Davis Guggenheim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Davis Guggenheim

When I hear thoughtful criticism of Waiting For 'Superman' I am energized because I am seeing the movie work -- but I know that these kinds of questions and conversations are exactly what we need.

Don't Write Them off

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I don't think we have all the answers. But I know where to start looking: in schools that succeed where others fail.

Waiting For Superman? Don't Hold Your Breath

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

I acknowledge the grim efficiency of "drill and kill" methodology. This to learning is spreading like a toxic oil spill, aided and abetted by policy-makers and their wealthy benefactors.

The Most Objectionable Thing About Waiting for 'Superman'

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

A skilled teacher has an expansive set of instructional tools to which he can turn. It is not, however, merely knowing different instructional approaches, it is being able to match those to the needs of the students in front of you.

Books I Couldn't Put Down

Lesley Chilcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lesley Chilcott

From a non-expert's point of view, I want to share some of the books that enlightened me, and I think other non-experts may enjoy reading as well.

Is Waiting for 'Superman' Kryptonite for Real Education Reform?

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Milewski

Even though I love the world of comics, I'm always suspicious when someone suggests that the solution to long-term systemic problems involves superhuman efforts.

Let's Fire Miss Crabtree

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

I've never seen anyone at all say, we want more bad teachers, or that bad teachers need to be retained indefinitely.

How Seniors can save American Education and the Economy

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bernard Starr

Seniors embody a vast reservoir of skills, talent and wisdom that we gratuitously salute but do not harness for productive roles. How can seniors save American education and insure a 21st century-ready workforce?

'We are the Revolution!'

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Folks all over the nation seem to be getting wise to the Waiting for Superman propaganda, and getting mad about the lies and manipulation Arne Duncan and Friends are using to destroy the very foundation of democratic public education.

Where's the Superman to Tackle Drug and Alcohol Abuse in our Schools and Colleges?

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

If we are serious about educating our children at every level from elementary school through college, we'd better recognize that money alone will not solve the problem.

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.

Principals Can't Go It Alone

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

If all principals had a customizable blueprint and an army of loyal parent-soldiers, we could see real systemic change.