The poster for "Waiting For Superman" by Davis Guggenheim.
I call it the Power of Oprah.
In case you don't know much about Waiting for Superman, here's a little rundown about the flick courtesy of Internet Movie Database.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival.
As I continue to hear about what could be a very sad future for many kids in America, I tend to feel thankful that I went to school in Canada, at a school like Waldorf. Some kids at the school couldn't afford to go there but there was always tuition assistance. Some kids couldn't get to school because they lived too far - they ended up boarding with others. We, like the extra-nice Canadians we are, always tried to help others make it, to get a better education in an unique schooling environment. It worked. I'm trying to spread awareness about Waiting for Superman and how to help out. The sad truth of what is going on abroad has hit home. In Canada.
This past Thanksgiving, I knew what I was thankful for. An education that I didn't need to win a lottery to get.