Waiting for Superman is an emotional documentary featuring lower and middle income students in urban, suburban and rural public schools. The film argues in favor of more charter schools as a way to remedy challenges in public schools.
AASA, in partnership with the Learning First Alliance, has developed talking points to help deepen the conversation beyond the simplified depiction provided by the film.
When asked about the film, MCEA members might use the opportunity to begin a dialog about schools in the area (from Karen H. Kleinz, APR, NSPRA):
- What was your overall impression of the film? Did it surprise you? Discourage you? Galvanize you to become more active? Why?
- Did you find the information presented to be credible? What did you base your reaction on?
- Do you feel the film accurately portrays most public schools today? Why or why not?
- How would you describe your (your child's) school? Are there similarities to the movie? What are the differences from the movie?
- What does your school do well? How might it improve?
- How can we (parents, teachers, administrators, community members) work together to make our schools the best they can be?