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An examination of the current state of education in America today.

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Davis Guggenheim
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Credited cast:
Charles Adam Charles Adam ... Himself
Charles Adams Charles Adams ... Himself
Jonathan Alter ... Himself
Robert Balfanz Robert Balfanz ... Himself
Harriet Ball Harriet Ball ... Herself
Steve Barr Steve Barr ... Himself
Ms. Celeste Bell Ms. Celeste Bell ... Herself
The Black & McGee Family The Black & McGee Family ... Themselves
Geoffrey Canada ... Himself
James Carter III James Carter III ... Himself
Todd Dickson Todd Dickson ... Himself
The Esparza Family The Esparza Family ... Themselves
Mike Feinberg Mike Feinberg ... Himself
Adrian M. Fenty Adrian M. Fenty ... Himself (as Adrian Fenty)
Howard Fuller Howard Fuller ... Himself
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting for 'Superman' See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,033, 26 September 2010

Gross USA:

$6,417,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,426,457
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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There is a scene in which Bianca, one of the little girls, is reading from a book about someone taking apples and bringing them into the city to sell. The book she is reading is called "The Giving Tree" and was written by Shel Silverstein. See more »

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Bill Strickland: No matter who we are, or what neighbourhood we belong in, each morning, wanting to believe in our schools.
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If you want to know what's wrong with education, avoid this film
28 August 2011 | by dvazpSee all my reviews

This documentary attempts to explain why public schools in the US are failing. It blames some of the usual suspects (lousy teachers, unions) without getting their side of the story. It acts as if mediocre politicians who want to act as if they're "bringing change" as they further their political careers are doing their best. And "superteachers" are of course the heroes even though they spend most of the documentary telling us how wonderful they are and how it's the other teachers who are to blame for all the problems. And seriously, since when is Bill Gates an expert on education?

Political and social contexts, economic causes and other factors not related to "bad teachers" are totally ignored, which makes the documentary pointless and superficial. Instead, the solutions are empty rhetoric, meaningless business jargon and ridiculous psycho-babble.

So if you want a more comprehensive and serious analysis of the why schools are failing you should watch The Wire season 4. Sad, isn't it?

PS. It's worth listening to the closing song. I think it's John Legend.


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