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Education Policy: What "Superman" Got Wrong


Ayers recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post titled "What 'Superman' got wrong, point by point," which states: "While the education film 'Waiting For Superman' has moving profiles of students struggling to succeed under difficult circumstances, it puts forward a sometimes misleading and other times dishonest account of the roots of the problem and possible solutions. ... 'Waiting for Superman' says that lack of money is not the problem in education. Yet the exclusive charter schools featured in the film receive large private subsidies. ... Some fantastic education is happening in charter schools, especially those initiated by communities and led by teachers and community members. But the use of charters as a battering ram for those who would outsource and privatize education in the name of 'reform' is sheer political opportunism." The piece is available, along with other background material, on the new webpage

Ayers is a former high school teacher, founder of Communication Arts and Sciences small school at Berkeley High School and currently adjunct professor in teacher education at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-author, with his brother William Ayers, of the forthcoming Teaching the Taboo.

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