The civic debate on the state of our public education system has raged on through the years. But, sadly, after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and many failed legislative efforts, we have fallen behind the rest of the world and risk our country's entire future.
But there is a stirring in this country and a clarion call of our times is about to be released in the form of the movie "Waiting For Superman" -- a very personal and emotional exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is impacting our children now and in to the future.
Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth." looks closely into the lives of five different children and their individual struggles within our education system. In spite of their inspiring determination these children may be barred from a real chance on what was once a given -- a great American education.
This movie addresses all the tough questions about public education and through Guggenheim's dynamic storytelling introduces us to a group of education reformers currently defying all the odds.
These reformers offer the first real evidence that we can turn around the state of our schools by focusing on improving teacher performance and using new successful learning methods to improve the math and science scores in our schools.
In the days and months ahead, FOX Chicago will explore and discuss solutions to the immense problems that confront the Chicago Public School system.
We must have change and reform in our education system or we risk our ultimate demise.
I ask you to make a pledge -- go and see this movie and then get involved -- volunteer to tutor children in your community or mentor a child that may need reading help and let your voice be heard.
We must all play a role in the revitalization of our public education system.
All the children of Illinois Deserve Better.