When Is Superman Coming

When is Superman coming?
      When watching the movie “Waiting for Superman” I thought of “Lean on me”, which is a 1989 dramatized biographical written by Michael Schiffer, starred Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a real life inner city high school principal in Paterson, New Jersey, whose school is at risk of being taken over by the New Jersey state government unless students improve their test scores. (Wikipedia) I believe that Joe Louis Clark was the real first Superman. The only thing that matter to him was giving the students the best possible education. He did not let anyone stand in the way, not the parents, the teachers, or the students themselves. By getting rid of the troublemakers, bad teachers, chaining the doors to keep drug dealers out of the school, he made the school safe. Then by getting to know his students and teachers, he set up peer programs (for both students and teachers) to help them learn. Mr. Clark gave his students the world by giving “tough love”.
      Observing the movie, you get the feeling that everyone is pushing the blame around. Teachers blame the parents or system and versus verse. Many people are saying, “let reform”, but no one knows where to start. With so many issues to work though, such as public education vs. charter schools, decline in test scores, parents involvement, unions, the skill levels of the teachers. Where does one start? With so many students, and as many questions, will we ever be able to keep up with the demands of tomorrow?
      After viewing the movie, I feel that there are two big problems plaguing our schools today. First, are the teachers, I am not saying they are always the problem, but in some circumstances, they do stand in the way.   A teacher’s first purpose is to teach the children. Yes, sometime we do not have the money for new books, equipment, or even pencils. Nevertheless, a good teacher would be able to overcome these issues if they had been train...