Waiting for Superman was one of my favorite documentaties at Sundance, which is saying a lot seeing as they are known for having the best selection of documentaries out of any festival — and rightly so. I even had the oppurtunity to speak to the makers of the film director Davis Guggenheim and producer Leslie Chilcott who were the award winning team behind An Inconvenient Truth. There are a lot of films out there that I have a LOT to say about, but there are some that say it all themselves. Check out the trailer below and see what Waiting for Superman is all about…
For anyone who has one or more children or has paid attention to the recent problems in our school system’s they’ve realized that for a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. With teachers losing their jobs due to budget cuts, the system is even worse off today than it was when shooting this film. For a “developed nation” we are rated lower than most underdeveloped countries when it comes to educating our kids, our future generation.
In this film Oscar winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily. He follows these kids and their families as they do their best to beat the public school system. The hardest part to accept in this film, is that even when families try to give their children a shot, often they’re unable to. At first the problem may seem simple, pay more teachers, but like many things, the education system is so wrapped up in politics that it seems to have lost its focus: the children.
Be part of something by taking the first step, educating yourself to the problems that children and teens face in America everyday and pledge to see the movie today and check out the Waiting for Superman website to find out some frightening statistics
Will you see the film?