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After Waiting for Superman: Be a Part of the Solution
Posted By Lindsey Burke On October 13, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Education | 8 Comments
Waiting for Superman  has left moviegoers rightfully outraged at the state of America’s education system. It’s an accurate portrayal. In many of the nation’s largest cities, fewer than half of all children graduate high school. Academic achievement and graduation rates have largely stagnated since the 1970s while countries around the world now outpace the United States.
Producer Davis Guggenheim rightly lays the blame squarely at the feet of organized labor. Education unions consistently stand in the way of promising education reforms such as school choice, which they view as a threat to their stranglehold on public education. And they are able to do this because of significant financial heft—often gleaned unwillingly from teachers in forced-unionism states who don’t necessarily agree with their agenda. During the 2007–2008 election cycle, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers spent more than $71 million  on campaigns for issues and candidates, spending more than $100 per teacher in five states.
But while Guggenheim’s documentary accurately diagnoses the problem, the film seems short on solutions.
The good news is that we know what works, and we can all take steps today to help get American education back on track:
The problem has been diagnosed. Now is the time to push for reforms that finally empower parents and children, not the education establishment. Be a part of the solution.
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 Choices in Education: http://www.heritage.org/applications/schoolchoice
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 Listen: http://www.heritage.org/Multimedia/Audio/2010/09/Virginia-Walden-Ford-Podcast-9-20-10
 The Lottery: http://thelotteryfilm.com/
 The Cartel: http://www.thecartelmovie.com/
 The Street Stops Here: http://www.thestreetstopsheremovie.com/
 Not As Good As You Think: http://www.notasgoodasyouthink.com/
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