I watched the documentary, "Waiting for Superman," which highlighted the [broken] education system in the United States. I was fortunate growing up, even to the point of taking it for granted, that all my schools in Lafayette, Louisiana were great public schools. But this documentary shows how so many American children are yearning for an education, but not given access to one. It reminded me of the year and a half when I worked in Kenya. I'd see so many children begging to go to school, but their parents either couldn't afford it or didn't prioritize it. I'm also reminded of the need for children to learn how to read at an early age, and how parents play a pivotal role in this important skill and habit.
This documentary asks the following questions: Do bad neighborhoods contribute to failing schools, or do bad schools contribute to slum neighborhoods? Do we need to throw more money at the problem, or do we need to change the focus from the adults ("the system") to the children?
One of my favorite quotations from General Colin Powell is: "Education is one of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get."
Please check out the film. Our future's success depends on it. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFN0nf6Hqk0