Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Not Your Usual Superman Movie
I was browsing through movie trailers via Yahoo Movies when this docu-film "Waiting for Superman" quite fascinated me. Another Superman movie on its way to the big screen? But when I saw the poster with a child raising her hand amid the school ruins, I said this is not your look-it's-a-bird-no-it's-a-plane flick.
The trailer presents America's educational system and how its dilemma poses a threat to inhibit the students' dream of finishing school and even going to college. 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 (www.sundance.bside.com.)
It is quite alarming that the United States of America, being considered as one of the most powerful nations, also slackens in terms of its educational system and how it routinely forsakes the education of millions of children.
This as an emerging issue presented in the docu-film, surely it's a must see.