I’m fortunate to have a very unique lens when it comes to education. As a student, I spent all but 2 ½ years of my K-12 education in private schools. In my first decade as an educator, I spent all of my years in Title I schools or supporting teachers who instructed students with special needs. So when it comes to the debate of public, private or charter, my answer is always “it depends”. Public education has unfairly been given a bad rap. Now, this is partially it’s own doing because the United States public education system is suffering from the Walmart Effect.
One of my favorite educational documentaries, mostly because I love the title, is “Waiting for Superman”. The title alone pretty much sums up a large part of why our education system is struggling to keep pace with the needs of 21st Century learners. I personally blame Hollywood for this. All movies about education showcase how one person turned around an entire school by themselves or beat immeasurable odds to save a group of challenging students. Very similar to how Superman just flies in and saves the day.