Sunday, September 26, 2010


Please know that this particular comment I am about to make is being made without seeing the documentary Waiting for Superman.  I want to see it, but Chicago is the closest it is being played to me.  I have a valid viewwpoint as I work in a true turnaround school.  Seven years ago, my school was the LOWEST PERFORMING elementary school in my state.  There was even a very sad difference between us and the second lowest school.  We've made over a thiry point gain in the last four years.  We had over forty schools/officials visit our school to see what we are doing.    I believe that awesome things can happen in inner-city schools.  I do get really upset when everyone from the outside wants to "fix" us.

So to the comment....In the movie there is a mom who comments about her third grade daughter getting into this certain school and she says, "This will mean the difference between college and jail for her."  First, hats off to her for how much she cares about her child getting a quality education.  Way to go!  But seriously, have you given up all faith in your ability to parent your child, and YOUR role in making sure they make it to college and not prison?  I know I play a large role in helping your child, but so do you.  Don't let people take away your right to be a great parent.  You are instrumental too.

2 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

You're making me wish I could transfer my tickets to YOU so you could come here and see it. Haven't seen it yet, but I just might try to do it this week while I'm off.

Bandita Senorita said...

Amen and amen. My mom and several family members are teachers, and I (and they) couldn't agree more!

Also, I love the Mamas and the Pappas (Mama Cass). :) I'm sure you'll rock the hippie look. :)