Waiting For Superman

Davis Guggenheim

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.


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  3. This was a great and emotional film. Our son is 41 and our daughter is almost 38. We had the same problems when they were in school to try to figure out which school would give them the best education. It should not be so stressful to try to get your child(ren) educated. Our son and his wife are currently going the same process to try to see who will best educate their 3 daughters.

  4. What is being done about this? I have heard these horror stories for a long time and no solutions. whats up with that?

  5. First of all thanks for opening my eyes to this problem. I always knew the school system needed help, but I had no idea just how bad it is. That said, What can I do about it? How can I help? What do you need from me?
    From the moment I saw it I posted it to al my friends Face Book page and I’m going to re-post every month.
    I’m going to start a work shop that will put ideas on the table about what we can do.
    My first suggestion is to join the PTA. We all need to join and work closely with our PTA.We need to know what’s going with our kids. Until we know what is going on is the schools, we can never do anything to help
    Our kids need our help because they can’t advocate for themselves

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