We also try to absorb as much as we can from reading about people who are working to find new formulas for change in our education system. People like Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the DC Public School system; and Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone in Harlem, New York (also see Kevin’s recent post on Salman Khan). So it was with great interest that we heard about the documentary, Waiting for Superman, that not only featured both of these individuals, but was attempting to highlight some of the key issues that are currently plaguing the health and overall improvement of US public education.
If you are interested in the state of US public education in any shape or form, be it because you have school-aged children, you are an educator, or you just care about the future of the system, we highly recommend you watch Waiting for Superman. Whether you agree with its premise or not, it at least opens up the discussion and debate of some very important issues that need to be resolved if we are to improve the future prospects of US education and ultimately, the nation.
Some Useful/Interesting and Related Links:
- Waiting for Superman Website — includes informative videos, debate forum, and resources to get involved with the movement to fix education
- The latest Fast Company article about Michelle Rhee and how she wants to spend $1 Billion to fix education
- The 2004 New York Times Magazine article that first introduced us to Geoffrey Canada and his work in the Harlem Children's Zone.