Just watched "Waiting for Superman". So many thoughts going through my mind because of my childhood, where I was raised, and now watching my little brother enter his first year of highschool. So informative. Thought provoking. Let's go beyond the thought for one second. What is our obligation? What happens when a school fails a child? It's easier to look at it as a whole and scratch our heads and give up than it is to look at just one child, because we've failed that child. Simultaneously amazed and disappointed, inspired and deflated. Our education system is so backwards. Staggering numbers and percentages that reflect our lack of regard for not only our youth, but our future. These children, all children, come from a place of innocence, hope with a desire to learn. To be loved. To be taught. We need to instill confidence in these kids. We need to teach them in ways that make them want to learn instead of treating every child as if they're simply a body in a seat, pushing them through our system. Individualizing our approach. Quality teachers, high expectation, more classroom time, world class standards. Real accountability. These are the things we're lacking. These kids want to learn, but they aren't given the opportunity. "The problem is complex, but the steps are simple, it starts with teachers becoming the very best leaders. Removing the barriers to change. Neighbors committed to their schools. YOU WILLING TO ACT."