Letters to the Editor

Documentary offers insight into education

High performing schools have great teachers, longer and more school days, high expectations for students and staff, as well as accountability.

Principals must have the ability to terminate ineffective teachers. Please see "Waiting for Superman" at the Bluffton movie theater. I would call it the most important film my husband and I have seen in many, many years.

This documentary analyzes the failures of the American public schools by following several students through the educational system. It is a wake-up call full of honest insights and very upsetting statistics.

Why does the U.S. place 25th in math, behind so many other developed countries? We have many good teachers in the Beaufort County school system, but why do we continue to have so many dropouts? In big cities, what role do unions play in maintaining the status quo? Davis Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have refused to leave behind their students.

Even teenagers and middle-school students will enjoy and learn from this insightful movie. I urge all of you to see it. You will be glad you did. If we don't fix our public schools, we all will suffer.

Karen HeitmanBluffton