Saturday, November 13, 2010

Waiting for Superman

Yes. I went and saw the movie this weekend with my husband. It made me sad. Sad and sick to think there are children in our country that go to school each day only to be waiting on one thing...the day they drop out. Apparently our nation has quite a few schools that are considered "Drop-Out Factories" where more students drop out than graduate. The scenes that show students desparate to be picked for placements in charter schools to avoid going to these aforementioned public schools were heart-wrenching. The documentary was to say the least frightening. Not frightening in a "Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street" way, but frightening in the fact that this is the reality for families in our nation. The country where we teach children that you can be ANYTHING you want to be. As it turns out, that is not necessarily the case for students who can not choose where they go to school. I feel extremely lucky to know that my daughter has the option to attend the school where we feel like she will be the most successful. I also feel a great sense of responsibility knowing that I must continue to work my hardest to provide the children in my classroom with the best opportunities for each of them.

If you haven't had a chance to see this documentary, I encourage you to take the 102 minutes out of your busy schedules and watch it. It certainly opened my eyes...and I am sure it will open yours.

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