My wife and I went to the movies last weekend and we saw Waiting for Superman. If any of you have kids or are planning on having kids, then this is a MUST see movie. The movie talks about the reality of how bad the public school system is in the country. It follows five children that range from kindergarten through eighth grade and their struggle to get into a good school in their area. It is unbelievable to hear that all of these children had to register for a lottery with terrible odds to have their children attend a good school. The public school system is broken and it needs to be fixed.
What frightens me the most is that because of the teacher's union, teachers can get tenure after a few years. After that, it is next to impossible to fire them. The stats were something like only 1 in 2500 teachers get fired. Not that all teachers need to be fired at some point or another, but like any profession, you will have great teachers and people that shouldn't be teachers.
There is so much more to learn from this movie. Go see it and come back and post!