Are we “waiting for Superman?”

There’s a powerful new documentary about American education. Unfortunately, it’s about the dismal education that many children receive.

Here’s the trailer:

The director, Davis Guggenheim, talks about why he created the movie:

The Nation pans the film. The Boston Globe offers a more positive review.

Here’s the official website (turn down the volume on your computer).

The film is playing in only a few cities–and for Kansans, that means driving to Denver, Dallas, or St. Louis–making its relevance for Kansans, at least for now, not great.

And yet … Kansans are also federal taxpayers and citizens of the United States, which means that what happens in New York City and Washington (where the film appears to be focused) is in fact relevant for Kansans. And you don’t have to leave Kansas to find schools with poor academic records or high drop-out rates.

If I’m able to get a viewing of the film, I’ll report back with more comments.

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  • Bee  On October 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I’m from the DC area and can’t find this movie anywhere in Kansas. This is unfortunate! I do believe the film highlights the other side of education that people do not want to see. However the numbers of drop-out rates, test scores speak for itself in the state of Kansas and urban markets. Please let me know if you find anything else. The movie is a “must-see”!

  • John R. LaPlante  On October 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

    For the latest, go to the site, waitingforsuperman.com. Click on “Now playing in select theaters” and scroll through the list.

    Under “Coming Soon” I saw this:

    AMC Mainstreet 6
    1400 Main St.
    Kansas City, MO 64105
    (888) 262-4386

    Glenwood Arts Theatre
    9575 Metcalf Ave.
    Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 642-4404

    I’ve been told by someone that he saw a theater worker in Wichita handling some promotional material for the film, but I have not been able to confirm that.

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