Waiting for "Superman" - Trailer
“Waiting for ‘Superman'”: An Assessment from a Social Justice Perspective
Waiting for Superman is a significant film piece that focuses on the views of controversial reformers and their solutions to fixing low-performing schools in America. The film follows five students throughout the public school system. The director, Davis Guggenheim focuses on the fact that bad teachers and their unions are the real problem in education and the solution is charter schools Harvard Educational Review. The author describes how people are seeing patterns in where and how students are dropping out and that failing elementary and middle schools feed students into high schools were they last on average years. Additionally, those who the students who come out of these factories, then have no skills or diploma and are unable to contribute fully to society Guffenheim. At , one can see the map that is being described.
I was crying because no one was coming with enough power to save us. If Mr. The zone is astoundingly successful at getting children through high school and into college. But that success, largely dependent on private money, is a costly product of laborious trial and error. Canada and Michelle A. Rhee, the chancellor of the Washington, D.
In the accompanying book, Guggenheim positions himself as an expert on schools and education, and the film as expressing that expertise. My own comments for this particular audience build on some very valuable critical resources out there, which I list and annotate at the end of my post. There are other serious problems with the film and I will deal with them in later posts, but preview them at the end of this post. For decades, social justice activists, scholars, and community activists have decried the gaps in education available to children in different communities, defined both by class and by race, and have organized to call attention to and rectify these gaps. Indeed, Guggenheim sees the film as an inheritor of the Civil Rights Movement, about which his father, Charles, also a documentarian, made several films. The film and the new reform movement is an insult to the historical reality of the Civil Rights Movement, which was always a social justice movement aimed at giving people of color equal access to the major institutions and life domains of society and reducing inequality in society. WfS and the new reformers want to split this agenda in two, and leave a concern with poverty itself behind.
Common Sense says
Waiting for Superman Official Trailer
Toward the end of "Waiting for Superman," there is a sequence that cuts between lottery drawings for five charter schools. Admission to the best of these schools dramatically improves chances of school graduation and college acceptance. The applicants are not chosen for being gifted. They come from poor, disadvantaged neighborhoods. But the schools have astonishing track records. We have met five of these students, heard from them and their parents, and hope they'll win.