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IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE: Documentary “Waiting For Superman” Reviews US Education

A powerful documentary called “Waiting For Superman” is coming to theaters September 24th, with limited release in Los Angeles the weekend of September 17th.  Check your local listings for details.  Educators across the country are already talking about it and having screenings for parents and teachers.  

The synopsis directly from the official movie website is as follows:

“Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundations of ‘Waiting For Superman.’ As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying drop-out factories and academic sinkholes, methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.  However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have – in reshaping the culture – refused to leave their students behind.”

MOMism: “There is a hero in all of us.”  Our kids idealize super heroes and sports heroes.  They put their posters all over their lockers and bedroom walls. But, the real heroes in their lives are the advocates that champion their health, safety, education and dreams every day.  

“Waiting for Superman” is a film every parent should see. It is an important step in sparking conversation about the future of our kids’ education.  Great teachers and engaged parents are the heroes are children are waiting for.  Make a pledge to see it in your city (click link to review trailer)!

4 Responses to IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE: Documentary “Waiting For Superman” Reviews US Education

  1. Anonymous July 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    As a mother, grandmother, and teacher, I realize what is important on both sides of the table. Parents want what's best for their child, yet many times they're not available to the teachers as a partner in their education. As a teacher, my goal for every student is to be a productive adult. I know I am willing and ready to do my part to help them get there, and desire every parent to be a partner with me as they learn the tools needed to succeed. Therefore, I expect them to come to me as a 5th grade student ready and determined to do what they need to do to succeed. Working in a district that has very few dropouts by high school, tells me that most of the students expect to succeed. Seeing students waiting for a lottery number to enter school so they may succeed in school saddens me. Obviously, I believe education should be the best whereever you live in America. Every child in America has the right to succeed and become a productive adult, as a teacher, mother, and grandmother; it is my mission.

  2. Anonymous July 16, 2010 at 11:38 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    I work as a sub so this film is a must-see. "The Class" addresses similar problems in France today.

  3. Anonymous July 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Yes, this and many documentaries are moving and thought-provoking. Let's not forget our history. Most city school districts became "low-performing" due to many factors. H.L. Mencken used to say, "For every difficult and complicated question there is an answer that is simple, easily understood and wrong." So, let's not forget "white flight" to the suburbs; the socioeconomic factors facing some kids; the majority of the wealthy enrolling their kids in the exclusive country club private schools [spending on average $20,000 per year on tuition; the many failed attempts in the 1990's to take public money and pay private companies to run the schools; our representatives lining the pockets of private companies like the College Board, McGraw Hill, Pearson Education; and more recently "vouchers" and "charter" schools. Yet, our politicians and "leaders" apparently hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. I fear that the true motive of No Child Left Behind and Arnie Duncan's Race to the Top are more privatization and siphoning off of our public monies. It's mindless. We know that the middle class was created by a substantial investment in public education for ALL. Our tax money during the last half of the 20th century was invested in our education from lower income classes to the returning GI's after World War II. It created many great programs and our great public university systems as well as challenged the sexist, racist practices common before then. Why, then, have we allowed our leaders to dismantle many of these programs or avoid funding public education fully? Students are dropping out because we don't teach the values of hard work, discipline, respect for life, acceptance, equality and love. The schools and teachers have a HUGE job trying to get kids attention. If kids had these principles instilled in them, then the pollution that mindless record producers, TV producers and video gamers try to sell to our kids would be meaningless and powerless. It's up to us to stop blaming and reclaim our values and belief in public education. Otherwise, it may become too late and we will become like Mexico or Brazil with 1% of the population with all the wealth and everyone else the struggling poor.

  4. Anonymous September 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    i can't wait to see this

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