Monday, November 1, 2010

Waiting for Superman

Getting a little off topic here, but since all aspects of life are part of the multisport journey, I felt the need to share.  We went to see "Waiting for Superman" this weekend.  The documentary is an exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our nation's children.  To say I was moved is an understatement.

As a product of the American public education system and a staunch supporter of public schools and public school teachers, this film was a real eye opener for me.  I thought we were doing okay.  I know that the education gap is growing, but I didn't realize to what extreme.  The statistics highlighted on the quality of public education across the country were shocking.

Now, I understand that certain aspects of the film were made to be polarizing, but what good documentary isn't.  It is done this way to make you think, make you reflect and make you consider what it is you do everyday for others.

For me, I don't think I do enough.  I used to volunteer as a tutor.  I don't anymore.  I was once a mentor, gave that up too.  I'm busy.  I work.  I train for triathlons, marathons, etc.  But after seeing this film, I wonder, should I be doing more.  The least I could do is share with others my thoughts on the film, drive traffic to the site and provide links to the action steps.  So there, one little thing - Take Action Now

Over the course of the next few days/weeks, I am really going to reflect on how I can do more.  I'll spend some time on my long runs training for the ING Miami Marathon thinking about how I can give back.  Hold me accountable.  Ask me about how I'm doing.  Go see the film and see if it doesn't move you like it did me.  More than anything, whether you agree with the film or not, getting people to talk about the issue of education will help.

Click here to see the trailer -

1 comment:

  1. I used to be a teacher and got so depressed at the level of education I encountered. Unfortunately, in this country, if a parent doesn't do it or if a tutor doesn't step in, most kids won't learn much. Everything is geared towards the lower end rather than higher and pushing the kids.