The early release of the education documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’” in select cities – New York. Los Angeles, etc. – has stirred waves in the education community.
The film – created by the same man who backed “An Inconvenient Truth” – tracks the pitfalls of American education through the eyes of students attempting to escape failing schools and drop out factories.
I haven’t seen the film myself, but have read enough reviews both positive and negative to make me want to see it. According to www.imdb.com it will open in Oklahoma theaters on Oct. 8.
Most praise for the film says it uses real emotion and drama to draw attention to the education crisis in the United States. Critics are saying the film oversimplifies a complicated issue by demonizing teachers unions and teachers. A number of unions have spoken out about the film’s shortcomings.
I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve actually watched the film, but if it works to put education issues in the spotlight, it has at least done some good!
Perhaps following the movie’s release, all across the state local school board meetings will be packed with concerned citizens and principals will be bombarded with volunteers and donations.
Or maybe it’s just a film.