A new film questioning America’s public education system will be released in theaters tomorrow. “Waiting for Superman” is an enlightening and emotional documentary that reveals one of America’s sweeping disasters; a hidden disaster whose damaging affects many of us don’t realize.

Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth,” the film explores the current state of public education and how it’s affecting America’s children. Filled with startling statistics and personal accounts, the film is sure to raise a few eyebrows, and hopefully evoke some much needed change.

Featuring a multi-cultural cast, (Daisy, an L.A. fifth-grader, Anthony from D.C., also a fifth-grader, Emily, an eighth-grader from Silicon Valley, and Harlem’s Bianca, kindergartner) “Waiting for Superman” shows that while race is a major factor in the educational gap, failed hopes triumph skin color.

Among the film’s shocking revelations is the fact that, while America is a leading nation, we rank 25th in math and 21st in science. Education insiders lend fascinating details about America’s failed education, and the fact that, while the country’s access to technology has increased, this generation will be more illiterate than the last.

The film will be released in theaters, tomorrow (on Friday). Check out the film’s website for showtimes in your area.

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  • I first heard of “Waiting for Superman” on Twitter, I watched the same trailer was just moved to tears. How could this be going on in our country? Will it be any better when I send my little girl to school in 5 years?

    I had to do something. It just so happens that I have a great tool to help take a stand. I own a an early childhood education entertainment business. At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we go to schools and perform entertaining and educational math and science events. After watching the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” it hit me. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and there are plenty of low income schools right here in my area. I am going to take my events to these schools.

    I sat down with my leadership team and we made a game plan. “Early Risers” have a goal to get the children excited about learning math and science and get it started early. By reaching our goal we hope to remind the teachers how fun teaching and learning can be. When children are having fun while learning it is a win/win for everyone involved.

    Next, what are we going to do. Low income schools will receive 3 events per year for children PreK to 2nd Grade. The teachers will also receive follow up activities for after “Early Risers” leaves. The schools pay nothing for these services.

    For more information on Early Risers go to

  • Yesterday, Oprah dedicated the entire hour to one movie. A movie that Oprah, Davis Guggenheim (the director), Bill Gates and many others are hoping will, “revolutionize America’s schools.”

    I first heard of “Waiting for Superman” on Twitter, I watched the same trailer was just moved to tears. How could this be going on in our country? Will it be any better when I send my little girl to school in 5 years?

    I had to do something. It just so happens that I have a great tool to help take a stand. I own a an early childhood education entertainment business. At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we go to schools and perform entertaining and educational math and science events. After watching the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” it hit me. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and there are plenty of low income schools right here in my area. I am going to take my events to these schools.

    I sat down with my leadership team and we made a game plan. “Early Risers” have a goal to get the children excited about learning math and science and get it started early. By reaching our goal we hope to remind the teachers how fun teaching and learning can be. When children are having fun while learning it is a win/win for everyone involved.

    Next, what are we going to do. Low income schools will receive 3 events per year for children PreK to 2nd Grade. The teachers will also receive follow up activities for after “Early Risers” leaves. The schools pay nothing for these services.

    For more information on Early Risers go to http://www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com

  • oh no

    Perspective from a college student…about college…:
    The whole education system is a joke. No one gives a shit about our future anymore it’s all a business. Here in California, I seriously will never understand how you can hike fees up 30% several times within two years, fire teachers, cut classes AND enroll MORE students. On top of that a lot more classes are become online courses ESP in ethnic studies and women studies deptartments (that might just be my school) but either way who the SHIT wants to take a black studies online with the attention span most of have now.

    Altough that was less addressed to actual academics and sounds whiney, it truely shows how much the “higher ups” care about youth who dont have 6,000 or 30,000 shitty dollars for an education. On top of that it really proves who the the positions of power are reserved for.

  • Thanks for sharing the trailer! I’m an employee of SEED, one of the organizations featured in the film, and we’re excited about the release of Waiting for Superman. Follow us on Twitter or become our fan on Facebook if you’re interested in learning more about education reform, the film, and SEED.

    Come visit us at http://www.seedfoundation.com!