I finally watched Waiting for Superman last night (about 2 years late). I wasn’t quite as angry as I thought I would be, but some of the directors claims were completely unexamined.
In this post, I’ll just give on e example. There was a clear assumption that Michelle Rhee’s merit play pan was perfectly reasonable.
For this one, Jonthan Kozol says it best. The following has been a long earmarked page in the book The Shame of the Nation: “What does it do to those who enter a profession, as the best of educators do, out of enlightened and unselfish inclinations that are not at all unlike the call to ministry or service that brings others into occupations that are altruistic at their core, then find their frame of reference is distorted by a rivalry for extra money at the cost of fellow educators at another school nearby who are often doing every bit as good a job as they but happen to have a group of kids this year with far more complicated problems than their own or who perhaps have had a string of substitute teachers the preceding years? Teachers in these instances are penalized collectively for long-existing problems over which they did not have control; and, while the cash rewards, in principle, are correlated with the progress children make in any given year, there is often little measurabe progress made at first after students in a school have been subjected to long periods in which there was no continuity in their instruction.”