"Waiting for Superman'" describes (separately) the situations of five students striving (and waiting) to get a quality education, and each of their stories is followed by contributing chapters by the individuals I mentioned earlier. From different perspectives, the children's stories are fascinating, hopeful and heartbreaking.
So what can interested citizens do? Near the end of this fast-reading book there are a dozen or so pages devoted to how parents, students, educators and businesspeople can all help advance the cause of quality education. Further, for those who want to involve themselves further, there are over 30 pages of listings of web sites and organizations devoted to children, schools and progress in education.
In short, the issue at the heart of this book (and the movie) is vital to the success of our children and our country. (By the way, the movie premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and took home the Best U.S. Documentary Audience Award.) For those who want to understand the education situation better and perhaps make some contribution to improving education for all children, this book is a good first step.
What are you doing to make your school successful? Are you willing to share with the readers of Principal Principles?
Let’s GET FIRED UP about the amazing opportunities we have everyday to make a positive impact on the lives of our students. Get your copy of this book and video:Waiting for "SUPERMAN": How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools (Participant Guide Media)