Monday, September 20, 2010

Waiting for "Superman"

This Friday, Sept. 24, a documentary called "Waiting for 'Superman'" will be released to select theaters nationwide. (Thanks to Just His Best for reminding me.) It's directed by Davis Guggenheim, who also worked on An Inconvenient Truth.

According to the film's website, this film is about the "hidden catastrophe spreading quietly, insidiously through our nation's cities, towns, and communities." The film is "a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S." The director follows the lives of five schoolchildren from cities around the country and interviews reformers like Michelle Rhee and Geoffrey Canada to explore possibilities for change.

It's great to see the filmmaking industry seeking to raise public awareness about the crisis facing American education, but unless we're willing to confront the insufficiency of our core operating equation, More Money = Better Education, our best efforts will continue to fall short. Still, what a great opportunity to start conversations about education and how we value our children through our educational choices.

Check out the trailer at Also, stay tuned for the story as covered by Oprah on her show today at 4 p.m. EST. What do you think? Will you be going to see the film?

If you could respond to the children and parents featured in the interviews, what would you want to tell them?

1 comment:

Just His Best said...

Aaaagh! I just watched Oprah and was shocked the only problem people seem to notice is "poor performing teachers".

Bill Gates, who was a guest, proposes the answer to fixing our educational system is "higher standards" and "longer school days".

At the end of the show, Oprah rewarded "well performing" schools with $1 million each. By the way, well performing is apparently defined as if children graduate and are accepted into colleges - not how well they can think or how well they are prepared for the world they are about to enter.

Disappointing to say the least...