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Issues That Matter:  2010

'Laurels' Are Still a Cause for Concern

In Education movie points the wrong way for change, (Toronto Star, Sept. 16), Dr. Jane Gaskell discusses the movie Waiting for Superman.  It tells the story of five American students and their families who believe that their only chance at a quality education is to “win” the charter school lottery.  In response to the film’s “simplistic and divisive finger-pointing at teachers”, Dr. Gaskell writes, “There is no doubt the American education system has some terrible schools and has fallen behind over the past 20 years, but many public schools perform quite well.  They are in wealthy districts and they have the support of their communities.  The failing schools are in areas where poverty is increasing, political support is lacking and the tax base is insufficient to support great schools – issues the film ignores.” ...

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