Monday, January 9, 2012
Philadelphia ranked "#1 US City for Green Schools"
This seems like a random survey, but we'll take the positive news for our public school system. With all of the negative news out there about failing public schools and heated arguments on union contracts, it's good to hear that strides are being made in other areas; especially here in Philadelphia.
For me, it's kind of ironic that I'm writing about this post today after just watching the movie "Waiting For Superman." If you have not seen this movie yet, you need to give it a watch; whether you like documentaries or not. Personally, I've always been a fan of documentaries (i.e. "Supersize Me," "An Inconvenient Truth," etc.), so my standards for a decent documentary are relatively high. "Waiting For Superman" was very well done.
The story focuses on why US public education has not made any progress in test scores since the mid-1950s, and more specifically why urban areas are performing the worst. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, it's an eye opener to say the least; especially when you see the facts on how the US currently stacks up against developing countries around the world.
Now that Philadelphia has gained some recognition for its public school system, the next step is to start getting positive press on improving student performance.
One thing at a time...