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Waiting For "Superman" (Waiting For Superman) [Blu-ray]
From the Academy Award-winning Director of An Inconvenient Truth comes the groundbreaking feature film that provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. Waiting For “Superman” has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Waiting For “Superman” will leave a lasting and powerful impression that you will want to share with your friends and family.
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That is only part of the story. By focusing on a few different kids and their parents we gain far greater insight into how kids are being shortchanged depending whether not so much how good their school is but how good or bad each individual teacher is.
The movie will leave you slackjawed if you are looking at this as an outsider, like I am, not being an American. Ultimately, though, unlike so many documentaries that often point fingers and stop there, this one shows some solutions that have worked in the U.S. such as the KIPP schools in LA or how Washington, D.C., (the nation's capital having one of the worse public school districts in the country) attempted to wake up their teachers' union by offering incentive-based pay...and the union showing where their real heart is, turning that down.
The movie also is incredibly heartbreaking when you see the actual lottery drawings for kids to get into these "good" schools.
The extras are a bit much as they are sales pitches for various charter schools--some of which we learn about in the movie. There's a very short interview with the director that I wished went on longer.
A large part of the effectiveness of this film is due to the very human faces of the children (and their families) that we follow through the course of a single school year. Culminating in the lottery scenes, where an impossibly small number of children are randomly picked to attend the only schools that will give them a chance at a true education, the film is heartbreaking.
This is both the film's strength and its weakness. The injustice of a system that eats up and spits out young minds that will never be given a chance to develop and whose fate is predetermined, is brilliantly rendered. Less so is the film's single message of hope: that great teachers, no matter where they work, can make all the difference. Sadly, we are given only tiny glimpses of these committed professionals, these educational missionaries, at work.