Waiting for Superman Reviews
Directed By: Davis Guggenheim
Starring: The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada and The Esparza Family
Plot: 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.
Review: This Documentary is great. It shows how our public school is failing and shows possible ways to fix it but also says that there may be no chance without the current system being changed. I feel this movie is a great watch makes you really think what could have been if your school did a better job preparing you. It also makes you really think what you'd do and what you should so.
Recommendation: Rent it is worth seeing. Available on Netflix.
I'm a true believer in the power of education and passionate about encouraging all young people to do their best, find what they love, and reach as high as they can. This film made me weep - children waiting in a hall to see if they have, literally, won in a bizarre public lottery to get access to a school that can help them do that. Broken systems, failed experiments, generations of young people left on the scrap heap in what experts call "dropout factories". The film is not without it critics, and deservedly so, and the solutions posed have also been shown to be highly controversial, and patchy in their success. There are no easy answers.
But in the end, setting all that aside, these kids will grab you and then break your heart. You so want them to be get the chance to do the best they can. And not all of them will have their number come up. Absolute heartbreaker.
I feel a renewed interesting in pushing for better education everywhere. Working with kids from all walks of life, I never cease to be amazed at their intelligence, hope and potential. I hope we can create a better educational system in this country.
Despite decades of well intended reform, America's public school results haven't improved since the 1970s.
This documentary tackles some of the factors in this failure, from the oppression of teachers unions to government law preventing sacking bad teachers.
A few case studies are shown from children entering into 'lotteries' to gain access to better schools.
Quite upsetting and angering. It certainly presses the right buttons. Doesn't leave with a great deal of hope though.