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Waiting for ‘Superman’

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some thematic material, mild language, and incidental smoking
Profanity:Mild language
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:None
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie
DVD Release Date:February 15, 2011

One of the most acclaimed films of the year is “Waiting for Superman,” by Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth.

America brought the world the idea of free public education and we have more top universities than the rest of the world put together. But this documentary shows that we have fallen far behind when it comes to our children. America has fallen far down the list when it comes to academic achievement and opportunity. This film shows us parents desperate to give their children a chance at education through heart-wrenching lotteries that exclude everyone but the lucky few. It shows us activists like then-Washington DC schools head Michelle Rhee, fighting teachers unions that prize job security over performance. And it shows us the daunting challenges faced by everyone in the system, teachers, principals, parents, and students.

I have five copies of this acclaimed documentary to give away. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Superman” in the subject line and tell me about your favorite teacher. Don’t forget your address! I will select winners at random a week from today.



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