Posted by: victoriapynchon | November 13, 2010

are YOU waiting for Superman?

This will age me.

One of the earliest most exciting moments of my life was waiting for my Superman Belt from Kellogg’s.  I was INVINCIBLE!!!! and only five years old.

Perhaps five is the last year any of us is invincible.

There’s been talk, discussion, debate and, yes, conflict over the documentary Waiting for Superman.  Instead of weighing in myself, I’m giving you an excerpt of Innovative Conflict Resolution’s review of the movie.

This past weekend I went to see Waiting for Superman, the documentary about the failing American public school system. Knowing that the director also did Al Gore’s movie, I was fully prepared to by irritated by gaps in logic and the misuse of data. However, I have to say that I was quite impressed.

The Participant Guide to the movie, available at bookstores (including Costco), contains a number of assertions that are unfounded or poorly argued. However, the movie avoids making many of these assertions, sticking pretty close to the experiences of those children, parents and educators featured in the movie.

The movie makes two central claims: First, the school system is broken, and it’s not that the failure of children to learn is a symptom of the community they are in, but that the failing school system is contributing to the downfall of the community.  For the children they follow in the movie, this seems the case. They want to learn, they have high aspirations, and they have parents or others in their lives who care enough to fight for them.

For the full review, click here.  Please feel free to weigh in with your opinion in the comments section below.

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