Sunday, July 8, 2012

Waiting for Superman: A Review

Hello, and welcome to my review of the documentary Waiting for Superman. I'm going to start out by saying that almost everything a documentary is supposed to do was ditched to go after this one point–schools and teachers suck. The whole movie is, in one way or another somebody saying teachers suck or schools suck. As a student, I know some teachers and some schools, do suck but that isn't the only factor– Neighborhood, Wealth, etc. Going back to my first statement that this documentary ditched everything a documentary is supposed to do. What I mean by that is, it supplies few or no reasons why the schools suck even though I know there are many and they talk about bad teachers without saying how to classify one. No one cares about a documentary where one point is repeated to exhaustion with no explanation. Also the families they followed in this documentary are supposed to represent the children in high risk of dropping out or failing, but their parents are very supportive as you notice at the intese lottery scene to get into a prestigious charter school at the end. When you have low income children there is a higher chance of dropping out but with such supportive parents that chance is severely lowered. So my overall thought on this movie was: it's a one sided documentary that's villain-izing teachers and schools and not proving enough about the subject. 


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