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Still shot from the movie: Waiting For “Superman”.

Waiting For “Superman”

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?" Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 24 Sep 2010
Video Release: 22 Feb 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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