Tuesday, September 28, 2010

CDM's Screening of 'Waiting for Superman' Next Week...

Tod Robberson, editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News, will moderate the panel discussion for Central Dallas Ministries' public policy department's free screening of 'Waiting for Superman'. The screening will take place at the Magnolia Theater, October 7 at 7:00. You can RSVP here.

Tod's fine op-ed piece about Davis Guggeheim's documentary and our country's education crisis is well worth reading...

"Lots of really promising innovations are being tried here and elsewhere, but they're not catching on as quickly as they should. In the new documentary Waiting for "Superman," director Davis Guggenheim takes a look at the murky world of educational innovation and zeroes in on why these good ideas can't gain traction."

"A big reason, he says, is that so many of us are focused on our own children's success, we have stopped caring about what happens to other parents' kids. As long as my little Suzie or Jimmy is all right, I don't care how bad other kids' teachers are, or whether their schools are underfunded or academically unacceptable."

"This unhealthy atmosphere prevails across America, which helps explain why people with financial means are running for the suburbs or escaping to private schools, while the rest of us without the financial means have to pin our hopes on public schools mired in outdated methods, tight budgetary constraints and innovation-averse bureaucracies. Instead of inspiring kids to succeed, our schools only inspire them to drop out. And when they do, they're significantly more likely to go to prison or wind up in poverty."

You can read the rest of Tod's column here.

We're looking forward to the screening and the conversation to follow. We hope you're able to join us!

In the meantime, here's the theme song from the documentary by John Legend. It's a wonderful song by a great performer, hope it inspires you to come and spend October 7 with us...

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