A new film questioning America’s public education system will be released in theaters tomorrow. “Waiting for Superman” is an enlightening and emotional documentary that reveals one of America’s sweeping disasters; a hidden disaster whose damaging affects many of us don’t realize.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the film explores the current state of public education and how it’s affecting America’s children. Filled with startling statistics and personal accounts, the film is sure to raise a few eyebrows, and hopefully evoke some much needed change.
Featuring a multi-cultural cast, (Daisy, an L.A. fifth-grader, Anthony from D.C., also a fifth-grader, Emily, an eighth-grader from Silicon Valley, and Harlem’s Bianca, kindergartner) “Waiting for Superman” shows that while race is a major factor in the educational gap, failed hopes triumph skin color.
Among the film’s shocking revelations is the fact that, while America is a leading nation, we rank 25th in math and 21st in science. Education insiders lend fascinating details about America’s failed education, and the fact that, while the country’s access to technology has increased, this generation will be more illiterate than the last.
The film will be released in theaters, tomorrow (on Friday). Check out the film’s website for showtimes in your area.