Despite critical acclaim for the recently-released documentary, Waiting for Superman, there’s one group who has little enthusiasm for the film: the Florida Teacher’s Union.
Florida House and Senate leaders have bought out a theater, and scheduled a private showing of the film which promotes the charter school concept, and takes aim at the union-controlled public school system. Many critics blame the nation’s teachers unions for escalating costs and consistent decline in the quality of education in public schools over the last 30 years.
Michelle Rhee, the former school chancellor in Washington D.C. is featured prominently in the film clashing with the teachers union as she attempts to overhaul teachers’ pay structure to reward effective educators.
Mark Pudlow, a spokesman for the Florida Education Association said predictably, “it’s a terribly skewed view of education, but I’m sure the members will enjoy it immensely.”
There are others who also take a dim view of the film, saying that it’s no more than right wing propaganda, trying to make the current system look bad. Perhaps so, although none other than President Obama has also given thumbs up to the documentary.