A more cynical outlook on “Waiting for Superman”…

From Rick Hess’s blog:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2010/09/waiting_for_superman_my_conversion_experience.html

What do you think? Is this a fair characterization of charter proponents? (We won’t know about the movie until we see it…)

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One thought on “A more cynical outlook on “Waiting for Superman”…

  1. When I saw Rick Hess speak last year here at IU, I didn’t agree with a lot of what he had to say, but I agree with a good part of this blog post. My favorite part is that he seems to recognize that education reformers need community buy-in and that all charter schools are not KIPP.

    A recent interview on NPR also made a really good point on some of these really effective charter schools, etc: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130020147. You have to listen to the audio, but the very last portion is an interview with Steven Farr, Chief Knowledge Officer for Teach for America. Melissa Block pretty much straight up asks him if what TFA (and charter schools like KIPP) ask young teachers to do (work extremely long hours, work weekends, etc.) is sustainable. And Farr says no, it’s not. My general impression from him was that we, as Americans, have to think of other policy solutions to make things easier for these teachers so that they can raise student outcomes and still have lives.

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