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lekonua — 29 January 2012, 21:48

I’m a white parent who attended an overwhelmingly white middle class public school system and my education was TERRIBLE. I had a few good teachers that were actually interested in having their students learn, but I had plenty of completely apathetic teachers who were just marking time until their retirement. My education in science, math, and foreign languages was particulary awful. And when I went to college (state university), I was shocked by the many students who had also attended public schools who were far more advanced than me. I’ve come to believe that the only good schools are the very expensive private ones or the public schools located in rich areas where the principals don’t dare keep underperforming teachers on the staff for fear of the students’ powerful parents. As my family has access to neither, we try to do our best to supplement our son’s education, but my husband and I both work full time and it’s hard to find the extra time for what is essentially off-hours homeschooling.

Robert Holt — 12 December 2010, 10:20

I think teachers would be better off improving their effectiveness in the classroom rather than going to events. Is this where they learn to bore others
or was that from their own Public School Education?

NWfS — 11 December 2010, 14:12

Excellent event in Portland, OR yesterday co-sponsored by Portland Rethinking Schools, the Portland Association of Teachers and Jobs for Justice. http://www.portlandrethinkingschools.org/

Here are some of the comments posted on the NWfS Facebook page

Kathy Paxton-Williams:
This was a good event… very informative, and just good to talk with other people about these issues!

Bruce Scherer:
Great information and insights, great discussions. Always good to get education experts (teachers), parents, community members, and administrators together to talk about what matters and what needs to get done.

Linda Christensen:
Great event. Over 250 people crowded into Jefferson’s auditorium to hear Stan Karp, who received a standing ovation for his talk.

Larry Paros — 19 November 2010, 18:17www.walkrightinthemovie.com

I’m a progressive educator in the Puget Sound area who has produced a film that is the anti-superman. I want to contact and network with others to help it get screened nationally and incite a discussion in the issues it raises. Visit our website at www.walkrightinthefilm.com. We’re also on Facebook.

JK — 09 November 2010, 20:58

Here is a free screening of Waiting for Superman in Los Angeles. A great opportunity for people who *don’t* want their money going to the movie and, since the director and others will be there, a great chance to ask REAL questions about the message of the movie. People who want to attend need to RSVP by Friday.


SK — 04 November 2010, 18:06

Toronto Forum….Beyond Waiting for Superman

  • Beyond Waiting for Superman - Moving Forward in Public Education in Toronto
  • - a public forum organized by the Center for Urban Schooling and the

African Heritage Educators¹ Network - addressing the question -

³*What do you believe should be the main priorities for creating equitable
experiences and outcomes for all students in Toronto 2010 and beyond ?*²

  • Tuesday November 9, 2010* - 7–9 pm ( OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West

(main floor) - Toronto ) - at the St. George Subway Station

This public forum is a response to the ongoing dialogue and interest in
public education, as a result of the movie ³Waiting for Superman.² It is not
our goal to discuss the movie but rather to go deeper in the conversation
that centers on the current issues facing our public education system. *We
will cross-examine what it means to create educational equity in Toronto
schools !!*

Opening Remarks -

  • Julian Falconer* - Falconer Charney LLP - Chair of the School Community

and Safety Panel

  • Panelists include -*
  • Zanana Akande* - Former school teacher and Principal. First black woman

elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the first black woman to
serve as a cabinet minister in Canada.

  • Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi *- Assistant Professor at Ryerson University

Toronto in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a
Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto.

  • Jim Spyropoulos* - Superintendent for Inclusive Schools, Equity and

Community at the Toronto District School Board ( TDSB ).

  • Erica Riley* - Instructional Leader Aboriginal Education Center ( TDSB )

Closing remarks -

  • Mr. Lloyd McKell* - TDSB Senior Advisor, Director¹s Office - Member, TDSB

Achievement Gap Task Force ­ Draft Report

Moderated by -

Jeff Kugler - Executive Director, Centre for Urban Schooling at
OISE/University of Toronto
Jamea Zuberi - Co-Chair, AHEN
Martin Long - President, Elementary Teachers¹ Federation of Toronto
Cristina Guerrero - Researcher on the Proyecto Latino Project, OISE Graduate
Student and TDSB teacher

Contact -

Jeff Kugler
Executive Director
Centre for Urban Schooling
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1V6
Office: Room 10–112
Tel: 416–978–0176
Fax: 416–926–4754

  • Please note my new e-mail address: jeff.kugler@utoronto.ca
  • Please visit the Centre for Urban Schooling website at:


Micah Sachs — 21 October 2010, 14:46

A non-partisan survey measuring reaction and response to Waiting for Superman:

BR — 18 October 2010, 21:34

Bill R. reports from Portland, OR

Four of us went to Waiting for Superman Saturday evening, at a first run Multiplex, with a leaflet, the material condensed from the Rick Ayres piece (What “Superman” got wrong, point by point) and printed on both sides of an 81/2 X 14 then folded to make a four page piece.

The audience was small, about 40, and nearly all were happy to take a leaflet distributed after the showing. And about 20 stayed in the hallway to read it, then wanted to talk. That went on for nearly an hour, and most were in fact supportive of teachers and critical of the film.

I had been preparing for an indifferent to hostile response. A pleasant surprise.

NWfS — 06 October 2010, 18:46

Tomorrow, Oct 7, there will be actions across the country to Defend Public Education. Lots of info here:

sk — 03 October 2010, 12:06

This weekend over 500 teachers and advocates are meeting at the 3rd Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference
http://www.nwtsj.org/ Take a look at the workshop list. Great stuff.

Next weekend, two or three times that number will meet at the Teaching for Social Justice conference in SF. Linda Darling Hammond will address the closing session.

Melissa Bollow Tempel — 02 October 2010, 16:03

If you’re in Milwaukee or nearby, the Educators’ Network for Social Justice, in collaboration with a few other eduaction groups, is showing the movie “Race to Nowhere” on Thursday, October 7th, at the Times Cinema on 60th & Vliet. The cost of the movie is $8, but get there early- seating is limited and this is a one time event. Has anyone seen this movie? We are excited to bring it to MKE as an option to WFS.

NWfS — 02 October 2010, 05:24

Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au will be on a panel with Diane Ravitch, Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Seattle University. Others on the panel will be Jesse Hagopian: Teacher and a founding member of the progressive caucus Social Equality Educators (SEE) and Dora Taylor: SPS parent, Educator, Co-Editor of Seattle Education 2010, founding member of Parents Across America and Parents Across America, Seattle.


SHM — 01 October 2010, 23:27

Hi all- our Puget Sound Rethinking Schools group met recently. We discussed Not waiting for superman for part of the time. We were wondering if part of the strategy could also help build our local groups, and if we could all strategize an “event” that different locales could replicate and sponsor. Planning an event takes a lot of time and energy, but if we came up with a plan and publicized it, folks could easily host their own events and draw in new folks/draw attention to a counter argument to the film. One issue we discussed was that we hated to spend the money to go to the film, but you really need to see and know the film to speak eloquently on the issue- it seems like folks could have viewing parties followed by critical discussion, sponsor a panel on charter schools, etc. I don’t actually have a plan, but our group was interested in thinking about this and it seems like that would be true of most of our groups that already exist around the country- maybe we could network on this. I also think we should brainstorm ways to use youtube to our advantage- there are a lot of progressive film-makers who might be able to help with this- to show the amazing side of public education, too. Hope all is well- looking forward to seeing some of you at our NWTSJ Conference on October 2nd! - Thanks, Sarah

NWfS — 28 September 2010, 14:34

A thread for posting info about actions, events, and activities in response to the film and the issues.

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