Northeast Indiana residents who support public education should mark their calendars for two upcoming events: On Sunday and Monday, Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will host a free showing of "The Inconvenient Truth about Waiting for Superman." On March 13, education historian Diane Ravitch will present a lecture on education reform at IPFW.
The documentary will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, with a discussion scheduled after the Sunday screening. A new group, Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education, organized the event as a warm-up to Ravitch's appearance. Several dozen people attended a screening of the controversial "Waiting for Superman" film last Sunday, which was followed by a lively discussion on the role of charter schools.
Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW. The lecture is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. They are available Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the new central ticket office at the east entrance of the Gates Athletic Center.