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Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

 

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  1. I learned how kids get to go to school and get an education when their parents didn’t really get the chance as well as how hard it was for the parents to do the same thing. Something that was personally valued was that i come from the same community as these kids did in the bronx and to see what they have to go through without having anyone that went to college in my family is relatable.

  2. Amazing how many weak minds feel inclined to insult the video or the page rather than be productive, useful human beings and reply with educated, or at least logical opinions. If you have something to offer, be productive. Is that so hard? I hope everyone is smart enough to know this video is a classic argument and not intended to be an educational biography. These kinds of things are happening. However, they aren’t this bad in every state. The only fact that should ring out is that our children’s grades and graduation statistics continue to drop. It’s not about you, or me, or our opinions as much as it is about whether or not something should be done – FOR THE KIDS.

  3. First thing you do is press “Close Ad and watch as a free user” Then “Start Video now”.

  4. This is a propaganda piece. Can’t count the products I saw placed here. Nike was the first. The rest of this piece of shit was a waste of time. Why the fuck didn’t this asshole talk about what the real problem is. How about you get your asses to the meetings and demand that you have control. I will put everything I own on the line and say that I bet not 1 in 59 parents even know who the fuck runs their local school board or even who put them there. You want good schools? Get the unions out and get your fucking lazy asses to EVERY meeting. If you don’t then don’t fucking whine about how your kid is an idiot. Chances are if you are under 35 you are a product of the same dumbed down shit. I blame all of you who thought that it was everyone else’s responsibility to make sure your kid gets an education. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. WHEN YOU LOSERS GET TOGETHER AND DO THIS THEN YOUR KIDS WONT HAVE TO BE AS STUPID AS YOU!!!! OF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT IM SAYING, ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY DONE TO DO ANYTHING IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. Of you haven’t, shame on you. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND MEANT LOWER THE STANDARDS SO.THE DUMB KIDS CAN PASS WITHOUT HAVING TO CHANGE ANYTHING. The federal government is NOT supposed to be involved in the public school system. But I’m sure you probably didn’t know that either. Is your kid on ritalin? How about some other form of pill? That didn’t happen till the early 70 s. All OS a sudden kids were supposed to act like adults? Every kid now is add? Bullshit. They never were. But the pharmacy industry thanks you for your lazy parenting and your compliance. Spend your time on your fantasy football.league and watch the boob tube while these ass heads they call doctors (psychologists) drug your kids into stupidity. Apparently none of you learned anything in biology. No problem. Be a good consumer and raise a brood of idiots. I’m sure the rest of the world has no problem doing the jobs we used to know how to. When they passed nafta, none of you were smart enough to realise that they had already convinced you that these were jobs we didn’t want to do. So now your kid will leave college with a useless degree and 70000 in debt with skills that aren’t up to par with the kid that learned engineering in a school in the dustbowl of India. Congratulations America. You fucked your kids over with your ego.

    • Yes, too many parents are too lazy to help their kids. Sure, many are too lazy or busy to be bothered to know who runs their school, or who their leaders/teachers are in the class room. Yes, unions have no place in public schools because of Tenure and the difficulty needed to simply fire them for sheer ineptitude. That’s where your over zealous argument should stop. But, then you continue with more of a rage on a tangible that needs another separate post. An educated argument will draw readers and opponents to your cause. You need to apply the pathos technique just a bit more. 🙂

  5. it does not work. please find a better post. i’m really interested in watching this one.

  6. Like the video,

  7. For those who can’t view this, don’t worry. It’s a waste of time nonsense propaganda.

    • Listen, if it’s such nonsense and propaganda, I see no reason why you feel the need to watch it.

    • I know. I’m required to watch it for a social work class. I’m changing my masters program next month. Social work is for oppressors, atheists, and supporters of a big controlling government.

      • Yep, living in the real world can do that to you. Go live in fairy land with your God and leave all the poor and dying behind.

      • Yep, living in the real world can do that to you. Go live in fairy land with your God and leave all the poor and dying behind.

        • Not one educated opinion here, except Tacotastic. I hope the rest of you don’t live in America. You are cancer. And, cancer has to be eradicated for the host to survive.

  8. April 16, 2011 9:03pm CST: I am getting a “Video cannot be found, may have been removed from the server” message. ??? This after figting with that idiotic vid player download for a half hour. Why only leave it up for 8 days??! Jeez.

  9. April 16, 2011 9:03pm CST: I am getting a “Video cannot be found, may have been removed from the server” message. ??? This after figting with that idiotic vid player download for a half hour. Why only leave it up for 8 days??! Jeez.

  10. This was a really good documentary about how broken our public school system is and how the teachers’ unions are keeping their broken system of tenure-for-everyone in place.

    No thanks to this broken upload here, of course. Get the 720p version of piratebay.

  11. This was a really good documentary about how broken our public school system is and how the teachers’ unions are keeping their broken system of tenure-for-everyone in place.

    No thanks to this broken upload here, of course. Get the 720p version of piratebay.

  12. This was a really good documentary about how broken our public school system is and how the teachers’ unions are keeping their broken system of tenure-for-everyone in place.

    No thanks to this broken upload here, of course. Get the 720p version of piratebay.

  13. Want more reasons to show you why there is no God?

  14. this won’t work in firefox or chrome….and I’m not downloading IE to watch this….

  15. doesn’t play for me neither in firefox nor chrome

  16. the words are off but it could just be me.