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‘Waiting for Superman’ was an eye-opener for school supporter



Published: Thu, June 2, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

‘Waiting for Superman’ was an eye-opener for school supporter

I recently attended the state- wide screening of “Waiting for Superman” at Southwoods Commons, here in Boardman. As someone, who supports our public school system and was highly skeptical of the message the movie would portray, I walked away greatly impressed and motivated to make a change.

One of the most enlightening moments of the whole film was when they talked about the D.C. city schools and the union’s reluctance to provide a choice for teachers to accept merit pay over tenure.

The deal was that teachers would get paid twice as much under merit pay, while forfeiting tenure. On the other side of the coin a teacher could choose to retain tenure and remain on a pay scale; the bottom line was teachers would be given a choice and incentive. Rather than even letting teachers exercise their democratic right to vote, the union declined to let a vote be carried out.

This film clearly champions radical change in the way we let schools operate, citing that the school system we have today was good 50 years ago, “but times have changed.”

Waiting for Superman carries a non-partisan message, pointing out that both Democrats and Republicans have made promises that have fallen flat.

At the end of the film, Gov. Kasich stated that he was interested in having a frank discussion with teachers, parents and lawmakers about how we fix education in Ohio. He said he has only talked with hundreds, but he wants to talk to thousands.

Teachers, union representatives, legislators, superintendents, boards of education and most importantly parents have an opportunity to radically change the way education works in Ohio.

I want to personally ask that every teacher, parent and administrator — for our children’s future — look at the opportunity they have to join in the constructive side of the education debate.

We need to stop “waiting for Superman” and start being the superhero for our children and our country’s future.

Jacqueline Mettee, Poland


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