The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will be holding a special screening of the movie, “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman” on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the auditorium at Clayton State – East, 5823 Trammell Rd., Morrow.
The screening, the first installment in the Department’s Education Film Series, is free and open to the public. After the screening, Matt Jones of EmpowerED Georgia will facilitate a discussion about the general nature of charter schools, HR 1162 and the Proposed Charter Amendment and charters as a larger push for privatization of public education.
The Grassroots Education Movement has created this new documentary, written and directed by New York City public school teachers and parents, in response to Davis Guggenheim’s controversial film, “Waiting for Superman.”
According to Dr. Ruth Caillouet, chair of the Clayton State Department of Teacher Education, “Waiting for Superman” would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great public schools.
“The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman” highlights the real-life experiences of public school parents, students and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting public education, says Caillouet. “The film discusses the kinds of real reform, inside schools and in our society as a whole, that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country,” she adds
Jones is a high school teacher in Toombs County (Vidalia, Ga.) and a co-founder of EmpowerED Georgia (empoweredga.org), a non-partisan education advocacy group made up of 3,500 members -- parents, educators, and concerned citizens -- from across the state of Georgia.