Thursday, September 20th, 2018

“Waiting For Superman” What You Should Know About America’s Schools


waiting for superman 202x300 “Waiting For Superman What You Should Know About Americas Schools I am in Roswell, New Mexico this week visiting my almost 90 year old mother. One of the programs she watches is Oprah. So being ever the dutiful son, I watched with her. Now mind you, Oprah is not my usual programming choice. (I watch little tv.)

However this time, she got my attention with her first guest being Bill Gates talking about the failures of the American school system and how we can turn it around! Then filmmaker, Davis Guggenheim, was the second guest discussing his new documentary film “Waiting for Superman” in theaters on September 24th.

Below is the description of the film, the official movie trailer, and John Legend’s video of the movie’s theme song “Shine.”

or a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children.

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation 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, and ultimately questioning the role of unions in maintaining the status quo, 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.

Watch Davis Guggenheim Talk About Why He Made This Film.

Watch John Legend Perform The Movie Theme for “Waiting for Superman”…”Shine”


3 Responses to ““Waiting For Superman” What You Should Know About America’s Schools”
  1. Walter says:

    Compared to where I am, America’s school system is still excellent. However, its crack must be repaired before it gets worse. :-)

  2. I agree, but we were always the number 1 school system and now we have slipped to #25. We, America, prides itself on leaving no child behind and unfortunately we are doing just that.

    This documentary is a wake up call to America.

    Thanks for the comments!



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