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Our Public Education System Is Broken. We're Failing Our Kids

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 21, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 21, 2010 |

Earlier today, I posted a review of the Frontline Doc, College, Inc., which is about how for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix are taking advantage of both taxpayers and the misinformed and disadvantaged people who attend those mostly online schools. Davis Guggenheim’s (An Inconvenient Truth) documentary, Waiting for Superman explores the public education system and, perhaps, why it is that so many people end up attending an institution like the University of Phoenix in the first place: Because our public education system is broken, we’re failing our kids, and Americans are arrogantly stubborn about facing up to it.

Waiting for Superman follows a handful of promising children as they navigate the public school system, as it surveys the drop-out factories, and dissects the problems with the system. It looks like an amazing, powerful documentary, filled with heartbreak and inspiration, and I reallyfuckingwanttosee it. Watch this trailer.

If someone could tell me what that song is in the end, I’d appreciate it, too. I know that John Legend is involved in this documentary, and he’s contributed this (really great) song to it, but I’d love to know what the one in the trailer is, too.

The documentary, a break-out hit at this year’s Sundance Festival, is due to be released this fall. And if it sounds like I’m being a shill, it’s because I am. I have no connection to the doc, of course, because I run a website that rhymes with the female anatomy. But just because I don’t profit from it doesn’t mean I can’t be a shill for a film I haven’t even seen yet. Take that and stick it in your hipster nihilism, Armond White.

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