Waiting for a Superman Review
In David Gugenheim’s compelling documentary Waiting for a Superman the current state of America’s educational system is examined thoroughly. The educational system is clearly broken in many ways; the film not only examines the many areas and implications present in the educational system but also give an insight into the hardships families can face with education. Through an excellent use of personal interviews, frightening statistics and well-focused transitions the film makes it shockingly clear that American educational programs are flawed and a drastic change is needed for improvement. The film begins with Geoffrey Canada recalling a childhood memory, “One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me ‘Superman’ did not exist. She thought I was crying because it’s like Santa Claus is not real. I was crying because no one was coming with enough power to save us”, this quote quickly sets the tone for the rest of the documentary. The documentary touches on many points; it alternates from interviews of students and their families, then gives a quick look into the state of education, and finally elaborates on key problems in education. The beginning scene is just one of many touching interviews used throughout the film. The film’s use of interviews gives the audience an emotional attachment to the struggles of students and their families; it also gives the viewer an insight into how the problems of education affect people’s lives. One great example of how the film illustrates the need of educational reform through interviews is when the documentary shows a young single woman traveling great distances to look at potential charter schools for her daughter. The young mother spends a great portion of her day looking for better education for her daughter, but the only option available to her is a lottery in a charter school. In this lottery the opposition is hundreds of other students and failure means her...
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