Waiting for 'Unionman' (to Go Away)

In the week since the film Waiting for "Superman" hit New York and LA theaters, the public reaction seems to be coalesced in two opposing camps: school reformers praising it and unions panning it. The film showed that teachers' union bosses are blocking public school reform, so naturally, the unions have been blitzing the media, claiming that the film is inaccurate.The union spokesmen might have valid arguments, since the film's director, Davis Guggenheim, also directed the AGW propaganda movie An Inconvenient Truth. A U.K. court ruled in 2007 that nine claims in Guggenheim's AGW movie were false, so this director does seem to have a history of playing loose with facts.Still, there is at least one theme in the Superman film that merits further study: teacher quality. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, issued a written statement specifically about the film's treatment of it:Are there bad teachers? Of course there are, just as there are bad...(Read Full Article)

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