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Anybody want to see this movie?

This Friday, a film titled "Waiting for Superman' opens at select theaters in NY and other cities. It will highlight how unions have affected the quality of schools and school choice for children especially those of lower income parents. It shows children and parents who wait patiently to win lotteries which will allow them out of unionized schools and into non-union charter schools.
Non-union charter schools which in many cases perform better than comparable union schools and do so at less cost per pupil have been desired by many lower income parents who cannot move to another neighborhood or afford private schools.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 2:01 PM on Sep. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who directed 'An Inconvenient Truth' and President Obama's 30-minute campaign infomercial. A liberal activist, Guggenheim's documentary actually sounds like one that could have been done by a conservative and is good to see an issue such as school choice having support of some liberal and conservatives. The film depicts how unions protect bad teachers and always seem to seek more funding, while schools do not improve. It also points out that teachers union own the Democrats and are the single largest political interest group by spending with 90% of their donations going to Democrats.

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:04 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • "Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote an article outlining more details of this film and can be seen here.


    Similar films on education such as "The Cartel" about New Jersey schools and " The Lottery" about New York City schools are available on DVD. The Heritage Foundation and other groups have done similar films such as " Let Me Rise" which focused on schools in DC and can be seen here."

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:05 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I'm not big into political documentaries... However I found it interesting that a liberal activist would take an interest against unions in the charter school vs public school debate...
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:07 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I heard about this on the news this am. I would like to see it. UNIONS HAVE MADE A MESS OF THE SCHOOLS HERE. Oops, I didn't tomake all caps.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:09 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • I do think it will be a big eye opener for people, but it doesn't tell the whole story. A lot of the problems with the public school system come from parents who don't care about their child's education. They need to focus on that first, holding parents responsible for kids who don't turn in ANY homework, and regularly miss school without a valid excuse. There are so many kids in public schools who have to come home and go to work to support their family, or take care of their siblings while their parents work. That is the first thing that needs to be dealt with.
    3gifts.from.god

    Answer by 3gifts.from.god at 2:11 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Oh, and of course charter schools are going to have higher scores, you have to seek out those schools and sign up. Only parents who are truly interested in and dedicated to their child's education are going to take the time to find them. If they are willing to do that, they are also willing to make sure their kid is doing homework. The more charter schools that are opened, the lower other schools are going to score, because all that will be left are children who aren't getting the attention they need.
    3gifts.from.god

    Answer by 3gifts.from.god at 2:13 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Oh, and of course charter schools are going to have higher scores, you have to seek out those schools and sign up. 


     


    I find it interesting that charter schools are showing STRONGER test scores/academic performance with LESS money spent per child on education.

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:23 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Sounds intriguing! I would like to see it.
    Laura2U

    Answer by Laura2U at 2:27 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • definitely when it comes to dvd.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:44 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • Actually sounds interesting. Of course like the OP, if I had to decide based solely on the genres the director has made in the past, I would have skipped it...but hey, sometimes even the most hardened liberals can't ignore the elephant in the room!! LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:37 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

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