This semester , I took a course called looking at American education through movies . At the first class , our teacher showed us a documentary called waiting for superman . It gives me a lot new ideas about American and American education after watching it.
Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim and produced by Lesley Chilcott . By following five students , the film criticizes the American public education system : inequity of education resources , teachers do not take work seriously , bloated public education system …These problems have led to a decline in the quality of education in the United States : the grades of reading and math have not improved since 1970s , a lot students can not be admitted into university , increase of crime rate …
The film changes my view of America . I have not been to America before , the way I know about America just is watching American movies . especially Hollywood movies . In my old view , America is the best nation in the world , it has the best university , people all over the world want to go to America . It seems that everything is perfect , and there is no issues in America. But the film tells me that problems are everywhere , no matter in America .
I got known that American education and Chinese education have both Commonality and differences . America and China both have public education system , which is free for every students . However , America private education is well developed , while Chinese is not . The best schools in America are private schools . But on the contrary , the best schools in China are established by government. Perhaps it is may because of the culture and history . Besides , the education system of America and China is same . A kid will get into primary school when he grows up , and then junior school , high school . When he Reach the appropriate level , he will be admitted into a university . That is same as China . Another difference I find is that assessment method between America and China is different . We Chinese students have to take gaokao before we get into university , and there are six course exams in gaokao . But students in America is examined by reading and math ability .
The above is my observation . All in all , education is a very important part to the development of human being . As the end of the film said , good education is not from superman , it is from everyone of us . We should take it seriously and take actions . By the way , if there is any chance , I would like to go to America to experience American education by myself .