Picture from Waiting For “Superman”
Overall A-

Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim looks at the shortcomings of the US public school system. Following the dreams of five young students he asks, "Where is the superman (or woman) who will help these kids get the education they deserve?"

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity B+
Substance Use B

Talk to your kids about…

Waiting For “Superman”

Is there a role for unions in the educational system? Should tenure be granted to public teachers? Are the requirements demanding enough? What kind of incentives could or should be offered to teaching professionals? How does their career compare with others?

What role do parents play in the success of their child’s education? How can familial attitudes influence a student’s success or failure?

What impact can a well-rounded educational experience have, not only on a person’s ability to earn a living but also his or her ability to contribute to society? What role does critical thinking play in the learning process? What questions or comments in this film could initiate introspection and action?