Waiting for Superman does an unflinching job of diagnosing and illustrating the problems of today's public school system. Citing statistics with great visualization, the focal points, nevertheless, are on about a half dozen candidates for local charter schools across the nation. Beginning and ending with the charter school lottery, the narrator aptly tells us our children's education should not be left to chance. The movie is illuminating for the videos, human interest stories, and headlines that show how, to what extent, and in what ways, our system is failing. Sins of omission are inevitable, but while much of the prognosis and fingers pointed are correct, there are cultural factors that are sometimes glossed over. (Sometimes teachers are expected to be parents and counselors--as well as mentors--no small task(s).) The maverick educators and administrators like Geoffrey Canada and Michelle Rhee, speak volumes about a continuing prescription to do better. (As a footnote, as bold and brave as Ms. Rhee was, she was inevitably fired as the Superintendent of our nation's capital's schools.)
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Waiting for Superman is a 2010 family documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. The film analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students through the educational system.
The film received the Audience Award for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.