Superman: the Missing Link in American Education

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ENGLISH- TERM 1
2013
‘Waiting for Superman’
Documentary Analysis- Multimedia Presentation

ENGLISH- TERM 1
2013
‘Waiting for Superman’
Documentary Analysis- Multimedia Presentation

‘I get paid whether you learn or not’. This is not something that you would hope to hear a teacher say when dropping your child off at a school which could determine their future. Sadly, as shown in the documentary ‘Waiting for Superman’, this is the attitude that many students are faced with as soon as they enter the school gates. Good morning/afternoon fellow documentary enthusiasts, I am …………and I am very pleased to be your guest speaker at this years ‘Australian Documentary Film Festival’ and present to you “Superman: The Missing Link in American Education”. The documentary ‘Waiting for Superman’ produced by David Guggenheim was released on the 22nd of January 2010. The main question that producer David Guggenheim aims to answer is ‘Why are American public school students so far behind?’ Guggenheim brings to the audience’s attention many reasons why this is the case in the American Education System including teachers unions, where the school is situated and the major difference between public and private education. ‘Waiting for Superman succeeds in convincing the audience that the public school system and the teachers within it are failing Americas students, but only by its use of bias and cleverly chosen positioning techniques. All of the statistics provided in ‘Waiting for Superman’ were true but Guggenheim failed to bring to the surface some key facts about charter schools therefore he painted an inaccurate picture of the true differences between public and private education. All though this bias is present, the documentary still manages to persuade the audience that the reason for the students failing is the public school system. ‘Waiting for Superman’ follows five primary school students in the failing public education system. The...
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