I know I’m late to the game here, but I highly recommend that you see this documentary on the failure of our public schools. Waiting for ‘Superman’ isn’t flawless, but it is very much worth your time. It starts a bit slow but ultimately rewards your patience. The “stars” of the film are compelling people, especially the kids. The parents show that what James Tooley has found all over the world is true here in America as well — parents, even those without a lot of education, income, or experience with schools, want to do their best for their kids and discerning ones can tell good schools from bad ones. Caveat: The lottery scene is downright depressing.
Ultimately, I think we have to separate public administration from public funding to drastically improve educational outcomes. But until then, these model charter schools and the individuals who strive to make them work provide hope to the people essentially trapped in a failing, inefficient system.
The film almost makes me want to run out and start a private or charter school.