The documentary Waiting for “Superman,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, is a film that shows how school systems are today. This film follows five children and documents them to see what their lives and schools are like. These students range in age from first graders to eighth graders. They also all live in different areas of the country, including California, Washington D.C., and New York. During the production of the documentary, Guggenheim found evidence showing that many teachers are bad instructors and that many schools are failing to educate their students. This documentary shows the problems of teaching in America. These problems are a continuing challenge to be solved and the adults need to come up with an effective approach to resolve …show more content…
The documentary mentions that there are very few spaces available to get into a “good” school. In the film, the director follows five different students. All of these students want a better education. In the start of the film, some of the students are in bad schools, like Anthony, who lives in Washington, DC. His school is considered a drop-out factory, where a large amount of people attending the school will quit. Throughout the United States, there are over 2000 drop-out factories (Waiting for “Superman”). To get a better education though, the students cannot just attend public school, but they must apply for a charter school. Charter schools are hard to find, and there are limited spaces for students in them. Summit Prep, in Redwood City, California, is a charter school that holds all students to the same high academic level. Todd Dickson, Principle of Summit Prep, says, “We think every kid should be able to get to the highest level of curriculum” (qtd. in Waiting for “Superman”). Emily, an eighth grade student, is one of the 455 applicants applying to get into Summit Prep, where there are only 110 spaces available (Waiting for “Superman”). …show more content…
All of the kids and their parents are nervous for the drawings to see if they are accepted. After the results, only two of the five kids in the film are accepted. Anthony, one of the two kids, was not accepted at first, but was put on a waiting list to fill any new opening spots. Luckily, enough spots were open for Anthony to be accepted. For the other three kids, they had to continue going to public schools where their future academic education is not promised to them. Unfortunately, today’s education system in America is broken, and many of the teachers are corrupt. Hopefully, in the near future, the American society can resolve the education system’s problems and make the United States education highly ranked amongst other high ranked
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These schools are provided with school books, proper equipment, and sanitary conditions. The children of East St. Louis Senior High School, as well as other high schools in East St. Louis, are well aware of the existence of these schools and are obviously upset by the deplorable conditions of their own school. The next school that Kozol visits is Clark Junior High School. Kozol explains that the conditions of these schools are managed by state funding, and the governor of Missouri does not want to keep “dumping money” into the school district and believes that he cannot help a school district that will not help themselves. The children of these schools, however, realize that the money that funds their schools and the money that funds other schools in the state is very different.
The essay by kozol shows the harsh reality about the uneven funds and attention given to the schools were many poor and minority students attend. During a visit to Fremont high school in 2003, Kozol claims that school that are in poverty stricken areas appear to worse than school that are in high class neighborhoods. Throughout the essay, kozol correlates between the south central Los Angeles high school and the wealthy high schools that are in the same district. When he learned the graduation requirement at Fremont and the classes the school had offer to accomplish this requirements, Kozol was amazed at how academically pointless the graduation requirements at Fremont and the classes to accomplish them were. Kazol compared this to AP classes
The filmmaker is very emotional about their thoughts and feelings how public schools should be. The purpose is to have the audience feel sympothy or (sadness) for the kids going to failing public schools and not receiving a good education. Teachers aren´t doing their jobs efficently they don´t achieve the maxium curriculum they are required to reach at the end of the school year. The film maker’s attitude is furious he or she believes that in order to have good public schools; the teacher’s
Speaker: The speaker of the article is Marc Sternberg, a former principal and the current director for the K-12 education for the Walter Family Foundation. He is a credible source because he has worked in the education system before and has turned a school with a 34% graduation rate to an 86% graduation rate due to him hiring exceptional teachers. Occasion: Marc Sternberg is addressing this topic because of the mayor’s recent decision to employ bad teachers. This is revealed in the beginning of the article. He is frustrated because he is a former principal and knows the effect of an exceptional teacher on the students.
Districting the New Segregation? Education has been a major influence on government policy and social standards concerning American youth. With hard work and education, one can better themselves and open up more opportunities for financial and social success. Waiting for Superman directed by Oscar winner, Davis Guggenheim, counters that the current education system is failing students by limiting their upward mobility, particularly among minority and low income groups. The documentary advocates for a radical change in the modern education system, modeled after charter school curriculums.
Mike Rose shares his personal story to the public in “I just wanna be average”, as he reveals the many flaws within the educational system of a high school in an economically depressed neighborhood in Los Angeles. He effectively directs his arguments towards both educators and parents by utilizing emotional and logical appeals. By convincing the audience to fear that children placed on remedial tracks are being hindered rather than assisted, the author causes both awareness and a feeling of duty to change the way we handle teaching children. Rose presents his argument by aiding the reader through the eyes of his younger self as he retells the story of his years in high school.
Livingston’s words could impact our society’s education system, especially in the way teachers interact with their students. So far, social media has been buzzing with videos of the speech going viral, making news articles, and being shared on YouTube. The video Harvard posted of the speech already has over 12 million views on Facebook. It also received a lot of attention from well known public figures, with Hillary Clinton sharing the speech on her campaign page and Justin Timberlake sharing it on Facebook. As Harvard Graduate School of Education called it “one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear”, “Lift Off” has the potential to change the lives of future teachers and students
Rhetorical Analysis on Race to Nowhere The text being analyzed is a film called “Race to Nowhere” by Jessica Congdon and Vicki Abeles. In this film, the directors talk about the stress and pressure placed on students to do well and to succeed in today’s educational system. There are multiple speakers in this film including students, teachers, and parents.
In Carl Singleton’s article, “What Our Education System Needs is More F’s,” he argues that students aren’t receiving the failing grades they deserve. School systems are to blame for the lack of quality in America’s education. No other recommendation for improvement will succeed. The only way to fix the American education system is to fail more students. According to Singleton, the real root of the issue is with the parents.
One of the history's greatest figures, Nelson Mandela, once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Over the course of years, this statement has only become more relevant. Maybe that is the reason why the topic of the decline of the American education has been recently spurring such a heated debate among national academic and teaching communities. In “The Chronicle of Higher Education”, Carl Singleton, a faculty member at Fort Hays State University, also presented his reflections concerning the U.S. education system.
In The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me by Sherman Alexie, Alexie states “A smart Indian is a dangerous person, widely feared and ridiculed by Indians and non-Indians alike” (Alexie 364). I would have to disagree with this statement. He is making it sound like just because he is a minority that received somewhat of an education, he should be feared by others. I believe that anyone who is smart and forceful in a community is dangerous because they have the willpower to go to any lengths to uphold their beliefs. On the other hand, I also believe that just because you are smart, you don’t necessarily have to be feared.
Sherman is attempting to save children’s lives by teaching them the importance of education and not all students take advantage of that. In the story Superman and Me Sherman mentioned, “They wanted me to stay quiet when the non-indian teacher asked for answers, for volunteers, for help.” These students may feel different when a non-indian teacher asks for things because it might be out of their comfort zone. Also, Indian children are expected to fail to be accepted by other Indians in school.
Have you ever seen innocent kids and disappointed parents crying in front of happy smile of other families? That sad image is usually caught in the lottery of any charter school. Ted Cruz said in School Choice Week “ And yet, there are millions of kids in the waiting list for charter school. We should not put our future in the wait list.”
Our educational system is failing us. The United States of America is supposed to be the “greatest” country in the world but statistics are showing that our government/educational system is failing us; children/young adults of the nation. Being a student of a middle ranked school in Arizona, I personally have had a first-hand feel for how good and/or bad teaching affects students. Just in high school I have had teachers that would just assign websites as our lesson and even teachers that sit at their desk for the whole hour; don’t even go over the mindset, homework, and maybe only show one problem so that we’ll know what the homework will be like. Until sophomore year I didn’t even know the differences between you’re, your, too, and to.
So, this what i find in USA's education. In fact, the education in USA has a lot of beneficial system that attract me such as it contributes to increase in production, as boys and girls are taught to respect for productive work and the belief that they can rise in economic standing through work, effort and the desire to go where opportunities exist. USA public schools apply the best quality models in education and are role models in all educational systems in the world. I am talking here about primary and secondary schools. For example, the views about my children in USA’s school and their way of assimilation of information quickly, however they are not perfect for the English language, but that did not prevent them from understanding easily.