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“Waiting for Superman” Documentary Now Playing

October 7, 2010

“Waiting for Superman”, which opened in theaters on September 24th, tells the story of five different public school students hoping to be accepted to local charter schools in the Washington, D.C. area. It is an emotional portrait of a community where public education seems to be failing when students need it to succeed most. Many educators, however, feel that the film vilifies teacher unions and makes it look like teachers themselves are at fault for the public schools’ various shortcomings. The film has been accused of “oversimplifying problems” and favoring charter schools. The filmmaker himself, however, has expressed the belief that no one should give up on their neighborhood school. What do you think about the documentary?

Official website with trailer: http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/

NY Times interview with Davis Guggenheim, filmmaker: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/movies/19superman.html?scp=3&sq=waiting%20for%20superman&st=cse

Document from The Learning First Alliance offering talking points for the film:

http://www.mssaa.org/Waiting-for-Superman-Talking-Points.pdf

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