Monday, February 7, 2011

Waiting for Superman....

I had been dying to watch this documentary but unfortunately it was not at any theater in my city. I finally got the chance to watch it and it was every bit as intriguing and amazing. It was extremely heartbreaking to see kids who actually want a quality education for themselves not being able to get it simply because of a huge glitch in our system! I completely recommend everyone to watch it! Watch it with all your family and friends! You will gain a much deeper insight to our education system and will be empowered to change it!

In addition, a companion book to the film has been released and it is now a #1 New York Times Bestseller. You can get it at any major bookstore! Educators, parents, political leaders, business people, and concerned citizens are determined to save our educational system. Waiting for "Superman" offers powerful insights from some of those at the leading edge of educational innovation, including:
  • Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation’s groundbreaking work reshapes how schools select, train, support, and reward teachers
  • Geoffrey Canada, leader of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which is demonstrating that kids from even the most challenging backgrounds can learn
  • Michelle Rhee, the remarkable chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, who is challenging tradition as she brings reform to a troubled system
  • Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, who is working to make her union a major force for change on behalf of students
  • Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, who explains how an effective school can bring hope to an entire depressed neighborhood
  • Eric Schwarz, creator of the Citizen Schools movement, who shows the vital role ordinary people are playing in transforming America’s schools
  • Jay Mathews, the nation’s leading education reporter, who recounts the lessons he’s learned about how excellent schools are really built
  • Eric Hanushek, renowned educational researcher, who has documented the impact that great teachers have on kids’ achievements
  • Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott, filmmakers who describe the emotional impact of following the children's stories in the film

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