EDUC 121: Response to Waiting for Superman

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As you reflect on the documentary we viewed this past Wednesday, I’d like you to choose one of the discussion questions on the handout you received that you find the most compelling based on your reactions to the film.  What did you learn about the charter school movement that you didn’t understand before?  What surprised you about the state of urban (and suburban) public schools as they were portrayed?  What shocked, angered and/or heartened you?  These are questions that I hope will help you choose a discussion question to respond to here.  In addition to writing about the issues related to the question you’ve chosen (using evidence from the film), I’d like you to return to this blog and read through your peers’ posts and comment on any that resonate with you.  Our goal is to build discussion in this space around the issue of charter schools and public schooling as portrayed in the documentary.  For guidelines, please post an answer to the question of your choice (minimum of 400 words).  Then, return to this blog to read your peers’ responses and choose a minimum of one to comment on.  You are not limited to responding to only one peer’s posting.  

One Response to EDUC 121: Response to Waiting for Superman

  1. Kenzie Miller says:

    Kenzie Miller
    While watching Waiting for Superman I found the dropout and graduation rates astonishing. We saw all of these young children who had high expectations for themselves and their future. Sadly, these expectations were out of reach if they did not find a better school. Most of the schools they would be transitioning into were no better than the ones they were currently in. In fact, many of the schools they were going to be attending down the road were given the label “dropout factory.” I was felt really bad for the children and their parents because they were doing everything they could to get the best education but good schools openings were limited.
    Daisy, who wanted to be a vet or doctor, had high expectations for herself. She had a great support system but her hopes and dreams were out of reach unless she got into a better school. I was taken aback when they said that fifty – seven percent of Daisy’s classmates would graduate. Then we hear Emily’s story. Emily was a good student but she had low test scores and grades. Emily like Daisy had high expectations for herself but the middle school she was supposed to attend only had a fifty percent graduation rate. I could feel the excitement Emily had when she was accepted to Summit Prep, which has a ninety- six percent graduation rate.
    However, the dropout rates/statistics are what shocked me the most. I was again taken aback when I heard there are approximately two thousand “dropout factories” in the United States. It made me question if what is supposedly being done to help schools and education in general is really worth it. Most of the students that dropout are on the streets, dead or in jail. This is sad because if they could have gotten a better education they would be off doing great things. Although all of these statistics are shocking the two I found jaw dropping are sixty percent of inmates in Pennsylvania are high school dropout. The other shocking statistic is all the students in Harlem know more people in or who have went to jail then college. It is sad.
    Overall, I think the education system has a ways to go before the graduation rates increase and the dropout rates decrease. I still believe the graduation rates are low because. I saw this first hand with my graduating class. My graduating class started off with two hundred and nine students which was small to begin with for a school of one thousand. Come graduation day only one hundred and eighty students graduated.

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