Waiting For Superman is one of those movie/documentaries that every citizen of the United States of America needs to see.
It is about the public school system in our country today, right this very minute, and it is a desperate plight. There have been professionals trying their best to help our children but end up with their hands tied. I believe the only way to stop the down slide and to give all children in the US a chance is for common citizens to take a stand together. To me the movie is a war cry, a call to virtual arms. Waiting for someone to do it for us is like waiting for Superman, he isn’t coming.
The sole reason I applied for the Mrs. International pageant in 2008 was because I read that it was platformed based. I figured that if I were to get a title then it would be more likely that I would be taken seriously. I was aware of the Camden, Ar. school district problems and then was sad to learn first hand the Hawaii school district had the same if not worse problems. I had ideas that Ii felt would make a major impact for these districts. I wrote the school curriculum dept in Hawaii and received a nice, “we will look into it” letter back. That was in 2008, I haven’t heard of any changes yet. I even talked to the distinct leader of the Camden Arkansas schools who was very offended and told me how his kids grew up in the system and both are very successful today. It’s nice his kids did so well, but most the kids there are not so lucky.Sad to hear the man responsible for the children’s education there has his head stuck in the sand.
I was surprised to get a call from the Mrs, International office saying I won the title of Mrs. Hawaii. Sadly, the title didn’t give me anyone’s ear. Pageants in Hawaii are many and few are taken seriously. Now that I have a more inside view of why the public school systems are failing I see that getting attention from the school districts for my platform wouldn’t quite do the job anyway. It’s the ordinary citizen who needs to take a stand and insist our government do something about the teachers union so all the children can have a fair education.
When I was Mrs. Hawaii and would tell folks about my platform there were quite a few people who thought my platform was basically silly. Their kids went to public schools and received a very good education. I was surprised to see such educated people being so ignorant. Could they possibly believe that every school in the Union was like their school in their district? How very narrow minded and self centered. All they had to do is look up the educational statistics to see that they just happen to be lucky and that most kids are being virtually educationally condemned.
I haven’t said much about the movie because it would be better for you to see and hear it yourself. I just saw it once so I can’t present the facts and figures correctly. I can however, hopefully, relay the spirit of the documentary on to you.
What exactly can us citizens do? At this time I don’t know, but if every one sees this film and get the bug to make a change folk will start having ideas and we can keep trying till we are successful. My only idea at this time is for every city to form a think tank type group and put their heads together to come up with ideas and plan of actions. And that each city group be linked to each other through out the nation and so on. Letters to the governor and partitions and such can be organized as well. What I am saying right now is not in the movie. It is just my thoughts.
I hope none of my friend on here will discount the urgency of this matter just because their kids are in a “good” school, or because they don’t have kids. Even if you are a self centered selfish person, think about it this way. You can not keep the children in the “bad” schools away from your kids or your family. They will grow up and have an effect on you. Wouldn’t it be better to care for them now and insure they have the opportunity to better themselves and make this country and this world a better place? Wither one likes it or not, we are all in this together.
Ok now, go get Waiting For Superman and watch it! ( Btw, I rented it from Red Box. )
Official trailer – http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/
My title platform – http://www.mrsinternational.com/contestantdetails.php?id=231