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Waiting for Superman [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D28W
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A shocking and accurate attack to the american education system. Something between Kafka, lobbyism and class struggle. In a country where people do not realize that they are not always the best in the world. Especially at school....
An act of moral, political and civilian investigation through a documentary that is quite usual and common but strong and clear.
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This film is nothing short of an attack on public education by the those ideologically in favour of corporatisation. A straight up piece of political propaganda, made all the sadder that it comes from Davis Guggenheim.

The film attacks teachers and teacher's unions, claiming that it is bad teachers and unions blocking reform that are the source of all the woes of modern education. This assertion is made in the context that schools in the U.S are now ranked 15th for English and 24th for Mathematics amongst the developed nations. What it fails to admit, during it's dire depiction of U.S education, is that most of those nations that enjoy more success also possess a strong, unionised teaching force.

Guggenheim seems to put the charter school system on a pedestal in his documentary, focusing on the success of the Harlem Success Academy, whist washing over the fact that only 1 in 5 Charter schools achieve good results. To put it another way, 80 percent only do as well as, or worse than, most state schools.

Also not mentioned is the amount of money that has been poured into the Harlems Children Zone, despite the fact that early on the idea that money is the real issue is tossed aside by the documentary. Tens of millions of dollars have been pumped in to create excellent family services and a state of the art school. Small wonder then that the families featured in the film are clamouring to get into the Academy.

This film would be a joke (albeit in poor taste) if it weren't so bad; it's argument is that superficial.
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This is an important documentary, because most of the issues raised in it are common to education throughout the Western World and beyond.

The film highlights the failings of a vast system, starting with the many thousands of `drop out factories' - schools where less than 40% of students manage to graduate with a high school diploma.

Millions of students pass through these schools every year, are utterly failed by the system, and have their prospects pretty much eradicated.

Now a sensible response to this is to note that it's not easy to teach kids in really troubled catchment zones - try disciplining a child that's accustomed to getting beaten at home, or whose parents are junkies. Which is why the movie then moves to the charter schools who have been set up in the some of the worst area's in the country and are able to send 90%+ of their enrolment to 4 year colleges.

Waiting for Superman does make the point that only a minority of Charter schools can achieve these results, and also has important points about the impact of tracking on good middle class schools, but I feel that all this is just setting up the real issue, and one that is common across the Western World - that the education system has been captured by the teachers unions and bureaucrats, who make it impossible to reward a good teacher or fire a bad one, and that all those crappy teachers (who we've all encountered) stay in education failing to teach anything to kids, year after year for decades. The kids are stuck with the local school unless their parents have the money to opt out, even though the parents were failed by the same school a generation earlier.
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Very tense and real film, about the education and what it is like these days!
And I think this apply almost everywhere in the world - if not, probably soon will be!
Do your homework if you care about your children!
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By the end of this documentary, I had tears in my eyes. It is a poignant look at what happens when systems over take people in society. I intend to use the film as a tool to see what can be done about education in my community.
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Quick delivery, good quality and a very interesting documentary. Would advise purchase to any one who is interested in the American school system or anyone that is seeking employment working with children, young people in America. Helps you to understand the different systems and the barriers and disadvantages in which some families face getting their children into school.
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