Waiting for Superman – Review

Posted January 24, 2010 in
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Waiting For Superman

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Davis Guggenheim, John Legend, Geoffrey Canada

America’s schools are failing. Despite all the presidents who have committed themselves to education reform and the millions that have been poured into America’s public schools, there has been little improvement for nearly 40 years. American students' reading and math skills continue to drop and large teacher unions have made it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers. Waiting for Superman delivers a probing and informative look into the American public school system and why it continues to fail, despite all of our reform efforts. To give the statistics a face, Guggenheim follows the lives of five school children, the struggles their families have faced in the “drop out factories” and “academic sinkholes” they currently attend and their immense hope that they can be one of the lucky few to make it into a charter school.  These touching interviews with the families are enhanced by a plethora jaw-dropping facts and interviews with education reformers. Ultimately, Guggenheim’s message isn’t one of doom and gloom though. Good teachers create good schools, and according to Guggenheim if we can cut through all the red tape created by teachers unions, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for America’s school children.

Jeanette D. Moses

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Screening Times:

 January 22 – 5:30 PM – Prospector Square Theatre, Park City, UT

January 23 – 9:00 AM – Temple Theatre, Park City, UT

January 24 – 3:30 PM – Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden, UT

January 27 – 12:00 PM – Temple Theatre, Park City, UT

January 29 – 9:30 PM – Rose Wagner, Salt Lake City, UT

January 30 – 12:00 PM – Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City, UT