Waiting for Superman is now available to purchase in stores and as a pay per view via many satellite and cable companies. To purchase through Amazon click Here. Be prepared to cry or have your head explode in frustration.
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politician’s 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.
“The fate of our country won’t be decided on a battlefield. It will be determined in a classroom.” Do you believe that?
“Waiting for ?Superman?” demonstrates how:
–Teachers unions are crippling the education of our children.
–Tenure and its guaranteed jobs are perpetuating educational dysfunction.
–Existing bureaucracies in education, from the U.S. Department of Education to state school boards, are doing more harm than good.
–Many public schools have become “dropout factories” (schools with high dropout rates).
–Many public school districts are engaged in “lemon dances” (sending their worst teachers to other schools and then in turn accepting failing teachers themselves).
–Many public school districts have “rubber rooms,” places where teachers placed on disciplinary leave are waiting for hearings that could take three to four years to be heard. These teachers waste their time playing cards and other games while getting paid full salaries and benefits — to the wasted sum of $100 million a year of taxpayer money.
Think about this: If a teacher knows he can’t be fired, why should he work or care? What other profession, besides college professor, has that kind of contractual agreement? None.
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