Friday, January 21, 2011

Stop Waiting for Superman, He's Been Found!

As I've mentioned before I rarely weigh-in on the political aspects of school reform because that doesn't help fulfill the purpose of this blog. However, there are some times when something jumps out at me that I just have to share. This is one of those times. 

My friend Ken Shelton is a middle school computer science teacher in Los Angeles. He's also a fantastic photographer (see his whole Flickr collection). The story behind this photo that he just posted to his Flickr account is one that every teacher should read. The short version, you are Superman or Superwoman.
Image credit: Ken Shelton
This week the parent teacher student association insisted on showing Waiting for Superman at Ken's school. One of the parents in the PTSA is friends with a producer of the film. The producer was on hand for a Q&A after the screening. As Ken said, the teachers were "left to defend the very core of what they do everyday." This image and the rest of Ken's story are his response to that screening.

I know it is Friday morning and it may have been a long and stressful week, but remember, even if the "experts" outside of education don't agree, you are doing good important work.