Waiting For Superman is an eye-opening documentary about America’s failing education system that is sure to spark plenty of debate between teachers and parents.
Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada is the primary speaker throughout the film and shares with viewers how learning that Superman didn’t exist not only broke his heart but inspired him to a lifelong devotion to helping underprivileged children.
The documentary details the different aspects of the public education system such as how quickly a public school teacher achieves tenure, the inability to dismiss a teacher under the tenure policy, and how the systems attempt to reprimand poorly performing teachers impacts an educational institution.
The standards of teaching are also examined, resulting in often conflicting bureaucracy between teaching expectations at the school, state, or federal level. The differences between the educational institutions are compared, from those in the affluent suburbs vs. the schools in the poorer areas.
Since charter schools do not operate with the same restrictions as public institutions, they are portrayed as having a more experimental approach to student education.
Waiting For Superman ends with a potentially happy outcome for one subject, but updates on how the others fail to materialize. After investing in their stories, it’s natural to expect more information.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim gives a valid argument that parents who are actively involved in their child’s education will have a distinct advantage over those who take a laid-back approach.