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Education is Waiting for Superman
October 6th, 2010 by johnbeagle

Bias in Education is alive and well in the ‘drop out factories’ of America.  In a new movie Guggenheim the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, yes the Al Gore film, does a much better job of telling the truth about our failing education system. Schools in America are indeed failing. It might take all the superhero moms and dads in the world to save our schools.

In the superman movies, the hero rushes in to save the day. Where is superman to save Anthony from a family legacy of drug abuse or Daisy a fifth grader in a failing school system. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shocks us back to reality when he tells the stories of real life American school children. They have a face and a name, Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN follows a these promising kids in a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth.

The film is essentially a review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Guggenheim also questions teachers’ unions, which sometimes act against the best interests of students. He’s particularly concerned about underperforming instructors who suffer no disciplinary measures due to tenure, but he credits the dedicated professionals who help at-risk kids beat the odds. The film ends with a potentially happy outcome for one subject, but updates on the others fail to materialize.

Join the national conversation on the failing education system in America, take action and then go out and help reform education in your town. ‘Involved’ parents have a huge advantage over parents who are ‘un-involved’ who accept whatever the school dishes out.

Start by watching the movie : Waiting for Superman

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