by Hilderbrand Pelzer III
Recently I purchased and watched one of the year's best films: "Waiting for Superman." While I wasn't shocked about the film's look at public education in the United States, I was drawn to Anthony's story. As a young boy living in Washington, D.C., he had a will to learn and a belief in school. When asked if he was good in school, he quickly replied YES! However, he was once held back in the 2nd grade. What school does not have strategies to work with a 2nd grade student? All across the country, schools are failing to teach and engage 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. As a result, they soon fall behind academically and socially, and often times do not ever catch up. Once they reach middle and high school levels, they have lost their zeal for learning. That is not to say that they don't want to learn. They do! In fact, they dare teachers to teach them.
In the movie, Anthony was eager to learn. He participated in class. He wanted to excel. His family wanted the best for him despite their circumstances. Anthony and all the other children profiled in the movie inspired. Their stories are the reasons why public education in the United States must get better, today! Did you see the movie? What is your thought? Please share.
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