The 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) analyzes the future of public education in America and discusses high school drop-out factories where over 40% of students don't graduate on time. In looking at the experiences of failing schools, it becomes clear that certain students in America are set up to succeed while others are set up to fail. Waiting for Superman lends itself to dialogue about public education in America and how this system contributes to racial, social, and economic injustice across the country, as well as to imagining how we can create a more equitable future.
watch short video clips from the film.
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