I was so looking foward to the "documentary" Waiting for Superman when I heard about it six months ago. I wanted to be inspired, to hear success stories. Unfortunately, it is just another instance of teacher-bashing (from what I have seen).
|photo by Chris Pino|
From what I have heard, no public school success stories are highlighted. Did you know that charter schools can kick a student out if they are disruptive/out of control/disrespectful? Public schools must educate all the students in their enrollment area. We take the tired...the poor...the wretched refuse yearning to breathe free (of boundaries)...
In the movie, it claims that tenure comes after two years. That is not the case. In my district, it comes after 4 years (or 5; it's been so long ago, I forget which).
If you want to read a barbed (and honest) blog about this "shock-umentary" you should check out the Dream Teacher. Her post on 9/26 is brilliant!