Twice this past week, Oprah discussed the movie Waiting for Superman on her show. Waiting for Superman, a documentary in theaters September 24, takes a look at broken U.S. school systems and what can be done to fix them. On Monday Oprah talked to parents of children in broken school systems as well as administrators, including the Chancellor of Washington D.C. Schools. On Friday’s follow up episode, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was on the show discussing the $100 million he donated to Newark NJ school district, a very under privileged school system.
This topic is very personal to me because I grew up in one of the many broken school districts. I attended school in the first district in New York to be taken over by the state. So, I know what it is to be looked at differently because of the school I went to. I also knew that there were many students within just a few miles of me that were receiving a much better education than I was.
However, I graduated at the top of my class with an advanced regents diploma was able to compete with my students from around the country when I attended undergrad. That is because education started at home for me. I always knew the importance of education and although it was very easy to dismiss my education, like so many others around me, I made the best of the resources I was given while in school.
Obviously education is important to all of us because we are all furthering our education after receiving our Bachelor’s. But, I want to know your thoughts on broken school systems around the country and what can be done to fix them. I think one of the main issues lies in administration and teachers. Too many times I have encountered teachers and others in charge who did not care about me or my education. I think we need to get rid of those who do not care about our future generations (those who are in elementary – high school now).