But what do the parents want?
Posted by aphillieteacher on October 3, 2010
Teachers certainly live in interesting times. We stand squarely in the center of a gigantic controversy: public education.
Many of us will see the movie Waiting for Superman and read commentaries discussing the merits or fallacies presented there.
But in spite of all the media hoopla, what do the parents want?
Recently Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-election, which also meant that Education Chancellor Michelle Rhee, one of the “stars” of Waiting for Superman was out of a job as well.
Fenty and Rhee had trouble digesting the idea that parents weren’t happy with the way they were handling the DC school system. They blamed the teacher’s union for staging a campaign to oust the pair.
Once again, they were not listening to the parents – to the real constituents in educational matters – which is why they are out of a job.
Education Week has a *wonderful* discussion about corporate and high government’s push for charter schools, and the public responses to that push.
Take a few minutes. The column covers so many issues, gives some interesting perspective, and made me feel hundred percent better about the future of public education. Not to say the battle’s over. Not by a long shot! But my feeling is “hang in there. We’re going to make it.”