Obviously balancing the needs of teachers and students and financial accountability is a difficult job. Otherwise this film would not be needed. But on one level, the challenge of public education represents the timeless issue of resistance to change.
Outdated thinking is stunting our children's future. While the ultimate solution may be complex, one thing is clear. What worked ten, twenty or, worse, fifty years ago in terms of educational philosophy will not serve our children in today's world. Nor does it give us a chance to compete as a country on the global stage.
I haven't seen "Waiting for Superman", but the quoted statement from this review sums up my thoughts about why schools and teaching aren't dramatically different from the late 19th century, and why it will hurt our nation in the modern global economy. As I heard in Sir Ken Robinson's message on Monday, we need to imagine the possibilities to be prepared for the realities we will face in the future.