Education Documentary: Waiting for Superman
I’m on the email list for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and just got an invite to a preview of a new movie about urban education in the U.S. It’s from the director of An Inconvenient Truth.
Man, I swear, the trailer alone is an emotional roller coaster ride. It’s like everything we discuss on here, all rolled into a well-executed, vivid, emotional clip. It looks like DC and NYC are featured, where the stakes are higher and there are kids who really stand to lose a lot (much like Chicago.) In one scene, they are actually performing the school lotteries in front of a live audience with actual bingo-type balls! Talk about full disclosure (and drama.)
UPDATE: here’s a link to a good clip of an interview with the director. I alternate between thinking he’s sane and thinking he’s just trying to go for a dramatic story.