Waiting for Superman is a must see for all parents. Don’t bury your head in the sand and forget this movie. It isn’t acceptable to ignore this issue because we live in Suburbia and it isn’t “our” problem. Oh. It is. It very much is.
Go see the movie. See what happens to children who don’t graduate from high school and end up hanging out in the streets. See the burden it takes on their wayward lives and the burden it places on society. Then tell me it isn’t your problem.
I will be going back to see it a second time and taking my two teenage sons. They need to know how fortunate they are to have their privileged education. How lucky that at their school they have a college center. An arts program. Athletics.
You don’t have to agree with everything or even most of the reasons that Davis Guggenheim thinks our schools are in a state of disarray. Like that tenure is the bane of our school systems, bad teachers are the real problem and the fact that more money won’t fix a thing.
It isn’t necessary to agree on the reasons. Only to move forward with action. You need to see this movie. You will leave more educated and most probably with the feeling that you live in a bubble when it comes to education in America.
I complain that there are no buses in my area and that I have to drive to three different schools twice a day. You know what? I need to shut my ungrateful mouth and I am. In this movie you will see real sacrifice. The lengths that parents go through to provide an education for their children in a school that isn’t referred to as a “dropout factory.”
The children in this movie will make your heart break. Your breath will catch in your throat as the statistics of their potential success are revealed if they attend the schools in their neighborhood. You will hold your breath as they sit and wait to find out if they have won a lottery that will get them into a school that gives them a chance at a decent education. You will cry. I promise you. If you have a heart. You will cry.
And? Hopefully. You will be inspired to make a difference. Because these kids? They need us to look beyond the horizons of Suburbia and into their neighborhoods. They need us to fight for their right to an education. They need us to care.
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