I am totally thrilled that the movie Waiting for Superman is going to be hitting theaters in a few months. And why?
Because we need a national conversation about education to take center stage in this country and when you look at what the director Davis Guggenheim did with the movie An Inconvenient Truth, well… I gotta believe that if our educational system got even 1/8 of the attention that environmentalism did as a result of this movie, it’d be a good, good, good thing.
Rocks are going to be lifted in this film. And sure enough, there are going to be accusations from all political corners about truthfulness, editing, parents, culture, and so on. The filmakers gotta know that they are going to get blistered by people with agendas.
Good. Like talk radio, the more the audience gets angered, the more attention will be driven to the issues we face.
And I don’t really think I need to cite a laundry list of the issues we face. (Just read my blog history and you’ll see a sampling of some of my own “issues”.)
Lifting up a whole host of rocks, seeing the slimy things that crawl and bringing on a dialogue about public education in the U.S. excites me.
And I hope it sweeps the world. The United States should feel very good about public education. We have some outstanding schools.
But we should feel very ashamed as well. It seems inarguable that we are falling immensely short of our potential. A bare knuckle, very public brawl strikes me as just the impetus to light a few fires.
I welcome this film. And I welcome all the controversy it’s going to inevitably bring. Hopefully, the am radio will be blowing up for a few years. Silence and apathy are far most troublesome than debate.
Inattention is to be feared worse than anything. Let the hurling begin!
Click here to see the trailer for the movie.