Waiting for Superman


Powerful documentary about the state of the US education system Discuss this article

Gather round for a lesson about America’s rubbish educational system: too many teachers are letting kids slide by with far-below-minimum requirements. Johnny can’t read; neither can Juan nor Jamal, as certain neighbourhoods are cursed with public schools that prove we live in a class-based society. There are some crusaders, such as Washington DC’s muckraking chancellor Michelle Rhee, and Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem’s Children’s Zone. But when it comes to building the foundation for future citizens, a lot more than class has been dismissed.

That’s the thesis behind this documentary from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim. It’s a work of advocacy blessed with statistics (animated charts and graphs don’t lie, people) and a budget that allows for perks such as Simpsons clips – and strapped with a metaphor that, anecdotal or not, is strained.

Yet the plentiful pop-doc touches ensure that this wake-up call won’t put you to sleep, even if the ratio of spoonfuls of sugar to medicine sometimes seems skewed.

By David Fear
Time Out Doha,

Waiting for Superman

  • Duration: 111
  • Released: Thu, 06 Jan
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Davis Guggenheim
  • Stars: The Black Family, Geoffrey Canada, The Esparza Family, The Hill Family, George Reeves, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten,

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