Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools Participant's Guide  -     Edited By: Karl Weber
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Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools Participant's Guide

Edited By: Karl Weber
PublicAffairs / 2010 / Paperback

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The American public education system is in a miserable state. One out of four students drops out of high school. Educators, reformers and frustrated parents continue to demand change, but are blocked by a system that inhibits rather than encourages academic advancement. Contradictory state and federal regulations impede real education reform, crippling rather than strengthening the quality of public education. Our system is churning out a generation of poorly educated children-repeatedly breaking our nation's promise to leave no child behind, and hindering America's ability to compete in the global job market.

The documentary Waiting for Superman follows five fed-up parents who are trying to find a way for their children to escape sink-hole public schools and educational failure. Their best hope is to enter their children in long-shot lotteries for alternative public boarding and charter schools such as KIPP, Summit, SEED and the Harlem Success Academy. The film follows these kids in the days leading up to the lottery, and includes on screen commentary from Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Jonathan Alter and Michelle Rhee among others. The book begins where the film ends-a lottery that decides a child's future is indicative of a deeply flawed and unacceptable system that needs to change.

Waiting for Superman: The Participant Guide is a tie-in anthology that develops the film's themes in three parts. Part one clearly recaps the issues raised in the film featuring essays written by those involved in its production. Part two probes these issues on the policy and systemic level. Each essay in part two is anchored to one of the children featured in the film, framing the dysfunction of the educational system through the lens of Anthony's, Francisco's, Daisy's, Bianca's, and Emily's emblematic experiences. Part three calls readers to act and accomplish lasting education reform. Essays by educators and reformers outline how to get involved now and innovative ways to reshape the American public educational system.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1586489275
ISBN-13: 9781586489274
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Each book includes a $15 gift card from DonorsChoose.org to give to a classroom in need.
 
The American public school system is in crisis, failing millions of students, producing as many drop-outs as graduates, and threatening our economic future. By 2020, the United States will have 123 million high-skill jobs to fill—and fewer than 50 million Americans qualified to fill them.
 
Educators, parents, political leaders, business people, and concerned citizens are determined to save our educational system. Waiting for "Superman" offers powerful insights from some of those at the leading edge of educational innovation, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Rhee, Geoffrey Canada, and more.
 
Waiting for "Superman" is an inspiring call for reform and includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas, and hands-on suggestions for improving the schools in your own community as well as throughout the nation.
 
For parents, teachers, and concerned citizens alike, Waiting for "Superman" is an essential guide to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing America’s schools.

Author Bio

Karl Weber is a writer and editor based in New York. He collaborated with Muhammad Yunus on his bestseller Creating a World Without Poverty and has edited two previous Participant Media Guides, Food, Inc. and Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species.

Davis Guggenheim is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award®-winning director and producer, whose work includes It Might Get Loud, the 2009 documentary featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White; and An Inconvenient Truth featuring former Vice President Al Gore, which won the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2007. More recently, Guggenheim directed Barack Obama's biographical film for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as Obama's 30-minute primetime infomercial. Guggenheim has also directed many television series including Deadwood, NYPD Blue, and 24.

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