Finding Superman: Debating the Future of Public Education in America

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In Finding Superman, some of the most prominent educational thinkers of our time examine the pressing issues of educational equity and excellence brought to light in Davis Guggenheim's popular documentary, Waiting for Superman. The film's portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nation's youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the film's untold stories. These include the many public ...

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Overview

In Finding Superman, some of the most prominent educational thinkers of our time examine the pressing issues of educational equity and excellence brought to light in Davis Guggenheim's popular documentary, Waiting for Superman. The film's portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nation's youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the film's untold stories. These include the many public schools that are doing an excellent job of educating students, as well as the many charter schools that are doing no better than most public schools, despite their monetary advantages.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807753316
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Finding Superman Watson Scott Swail 1

2 The Myth of Charter Schools Diane Ravitch 19

3 Educating Superman Linda Darling-Hammond Ann Lieberman 31

4 The Potential Impact of Waiting for "Superman" on Schooling in America Arthur Levine 46

5 Newsflash: Superman Has Arrived! and He's Brought an Army Milton Chen 56

6 Waiting for Superman with Clark Kent Daniel A. Domenech 66

7 Superman Isn't Coming (at Least Not with the Red Cape and the Phone Booth) Peter Smith 76

8 Whose Side is Superman on, Anyway? John Merrow 87

9 Waiting for "Superman": A Response Ben Levin 97

About the Contributors 105

Index 110

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