If you believe our nation is basically sound, and if you believe fairness and opportunity are still universally available in America, I urge you not to watch a movie called Waiting For Superman.  If you have any conscience at all, it will break your heart.
 
You will see the desperate decline and potential collapse of our public school system, considered by Thomas Jefferson to be absolutely essential to the survival of the American Republic.  For the decline of public education is not merely an economic issue of competition with the Chinese.  It is a moral issue at the core of what a nation with a heart owes its children and future generations.
 
In this movie you will see teachers failing to teach and students failing to learn.  You will see parents desperate to get their children into better schools that offer hope for the future.  You will also see those students, often quite young, waiting for their number to come up in a cruel lottery where only a few will be chosen.  You will see their young faces when their number does not come up. 
 
Though only elementary school students, they know instinctively they have lost their best, perhaps their last, hope of living a better, more productive life. 
 
If those last pictures do not cause you to weep for them and for your country, then you have entered the land where hearts no longer break.

6 Responses to “A Land Where Hearts No Longer Break”

  1. Gary Hart: A Land Where Hearts No Longer Break » Grubbyhub Blog - Get Your Latest Info Here! Says:

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  2. Curtis Mulkey Says:

    Dear Mr. Hart, first, thank you for everything that you are doing in an attempt to wake the American People up. Those of us who make it our Business to keep current on what is happening in this Country however, already know all of these things. What we NEED is a “Franklin Delano Roosevelt” and UNFORTUNATLY, the Man in the White House, is NOT he. I feel that IF the Republic?/Plutocracy, holds together to the 2012 Elections the American VOTERS will FINALLY “Get it” and put a Legislature in Place to accomplish a “Repeat of History”. All that leaves us lacking is the “LEADER”,( How about YOU??)

    Curtis Mulkey

  3. Gary Hart: A Land Where Hearts No Longer Break | Education Says:

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  4. Jim Engelking Says:

    If Americans ever get to the point that they cannot make this nation work by working together, if they need a strong leader to make it work, Our great experiment in self government will have run its course. We are the people we have been waiting for. We are the people who can change the existing aspects of our nation that fail us now. Our federal government is disfunctional, and it has been for a very long time. It is up to us, the people, by working together, to build our local communities, our schools, to make them work for all of us.

  5. The Sad State of Education in America « Machimon Says:

    […] A Land Where Hearts No Longer Break If you believe our nation is basically sound, and if you believe fairness and opportunity are still universally available in America, I urge you not to watch a movie called Waiting For Superman.  If you have any conscience at all, it will break your heart. You will see the desperate decline and potential collapse of our public school system, considered by Thomas Jefferson to be absolutely essential to the survival of the American Republic.  For the decline of public education is not merely an economic issue of competition with the Chinese.  It is a moral issue at the core of what a nation with a heart owes its children and future generations. In this movie you will see teachers failing to teach and students failing to learn.  You will see parents desperate to get their children into better schools that offer hope for the future.  You will also see those students, often quite young, waiting for their number to come up in a cruel lottery where only a few will be chosen.  You will see their young faces when their number does not come up. Though only elementary school students, they know instinctively they have lost their best, perhaps their last, hope of living a better, more productive life. If those last pictures do not cause you to weep for them and for your country, then you have entered the land where hearts no longer break. […]

  6. Andy Says:

    While the president is accountable for the success of our country, Obama cannot do it alone. As a country, we complain and criticize without ourselves being constructive or accountable. In a corporation, a leader is highly dependent upon the people who actually do the work. The difference is that people are paid to do the work and are free to move to other jobs as they wish. Other factors like job satisfaction, convenience, benefits, play a role. In our country we are all citizens whether we like it or not. You can’t move from country to country as the wind blows. Perhaps it’s like a family. You cannot choose your family, you cannot choose your family. Americans for the most part have lost their sense of identity as a country, preferring to bicker amongst themselves for their own gain.

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