Waiting for "Superman"

"Provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. [This documentary] 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 be...

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Corporate Author: Paramount Vantage.
Other Authors: Guggenheim, Davis., Kimball, Billy., Chilcott, Lesley., Strickland, Bill, 1947-, Canada, Geoffrey., Rhee, Michelle., Weingarten, Randi., Roland, Erich., Richman, Bob., Finton, Greg., Cassidy, Jay., Roberts, Kim., Beck, Christophe, 1972-, Legend, John., Participant Media., Walden Media., Electric Kinney (Firm), Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Format: Video DVD
Language: English
Published: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2011.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006) takes on the American education system as he follows a handful of children and their parents from poor neighborhoods in various cities to discover what chance they have of getting a good education. He explains that failing elementary schools feed into failing middle and high schools, making it almost impossible for even a promising child to achieve the educational foundation required for college. Guggenheim says that despite the United States doubling the spending on education, adjusted for inflation, in the last 40 years, it has realized little improvement. He cites charter school successes by educational innovators but states that attempts to change the mainstream public school system hit roadblocks erected by the vested interests of the educational establishment controlled by all-powerful teacher unions and a multiheaded national, state, and local bureaucracy. Guggenheim skillfully combines file footage and interview excerpts from experts with scenes of the students and families negotiating the educational maze. Incredibly timely with the ongoing public debate on teacher performance and education funding, Guggenheim's heart-wrenching and critical film might enrage those defending the status quo but is highly recommended for educators, parents, students, and anyone understanding the importance of education for the nation's future.-Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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