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  • After Waiting for Superman: Be a Part of the Solution

    Waiting for Superman has left moviegoers rightfully outraged at the state of America’s education system. It’s an accurate portrayal. In many of the nation’s largest cities, fewer than half of all children graduate high school. Academic achievement and graduation rates have largely stagnated since the 1970s while countries around the world now outpace the United States.

    Producer Davis Guggenheim rightly lays the blame squarely at the feet of organized labor. Education unions consistently stand in the way of promising education reforms such as school choice, which they view as a threat to their stranglehold on public education. And they are able to do this because of significant financial heft—often gleaned unwillingly from teachers in forced-unionism states who don’t necessarily agree with their agenda. During the 2007–2008 election cycle, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers spent more than $71 million on campaigns for issues and candidates, spending more than $100 per teacher in five states.

    But while Guggenheim’s documentary accurately diagnoses the problem, the film seems short on solutions.

    The good news is that we know what works, and we can all take steps today to help get American education back on track:

    • Spread the news about the school choice solution. Along with the successful charter schools portrayed in Waiting for Superman, school choice through vouchers, tax credits, and other mechanisms is an effective education reform. Find out where school choice is on the move at Choices in Education.
    • Help families’ voices be heard. Most of the families in Waiting for Superman remained stuck in failing public schools. What kind of difference does it make when families are able to choose a safe and effective school? Visit www.VoicesOfSchoolChoice.org to meet families whose lives have been changed through school choice.
    • Don’t just tell what school choice can do—show it. Host screenings of The Heritage Foundation’s Let Me Rise: The Struggle to Save School Choice in the Nation’s Capital. The film features the personal stories and perspectives of District of Columbia families who are fighting to provide their children with a safe and effective education. It challenges people across the nation to better understand the critical need to improve urban education in America.
    • Find out next steps from an education reformer on a Heritage podcast. Listen to Virginia Walden Ford, executive director of D.C. Parents for School Choice, give her take on Waiting for Superman.
    • Host an education reform film festival. Waiting for Superman comes on the heels of other moving documentaries on the plight of American education, including Let Me Rise, The Lottery, The Cartel, The Street Stops Here, and Not As Good As You Think.
    • Equip yourself as an education activist with weekly updates from Heritage. Sign up for Education Notebook to track and engage in the latest reform efforts in Washington and across the country.
    • Call for state leadership on education reform. Don’t look to Washington to fix America’s education problems. States should be the leaders on education reform. Contact Heritage to order bookmarks with a checklist for how to turn the corner on education reform in your state. Hand out bookmarks to neighbors and other concerned citizens.
    • Join forces for School Choice Week. Sign up to get information on National School Choice Week, January 23–29, 2011. School choice proponents from across the country will host events and place a spotlight on the benefits of school choice for all families.

    The problem has been diagnosed. Now is the time to push for reforms that finally empower parents and children, not the education establishment. Be a part of the solution.

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    8 Responses to After Waiting for Superman: Be a Part of the Solution

    1. Finance Assignment H says:


      to get easy & step by step solutions in all the subjects

    2. bolleat, Florida says:

      They can thank Obama and the education unions for this. Too bad all those who blindly vote for him are the ones suffering. Plus, they are still going to vote for his party abnd policies. It is just as heartbreaking.

    3. Waiting for Superman says:

      Want to get involved? Check out the WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" WASHINGTON DC site: http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/city/was… AND share your stories and events on FACEBOOK at http://on.fb.me/WFS_DC

    4. Leon Pace says:

      Obviously you have not read all the data on school choice. Here are some numbers for you to digest. If you are going to give your OPINION, please state that it is and not let the readers believe that what you are saying has true data to back up your argument.

    5. Dennis Georgia says:

      Our children and grandchildren do stand a chance with the current system of education. If a country will not educate people, then a complete take over by one is real easy. Those that he is trying to "rulr" will believe anything they are told. The federal "guvment" needs to get oput of education, states need to handle their own systems. The teachers need to teach, not spout their opinions and far left beliefs. Unions need to bne outlawed, those that do a good job need to be rewarded, thsoe that do no need to be fired. The dems and the power hungry unions are a great part of the country and education problems.

    6. John Willauer, Woodl says:

      Education must change from teaching students in schools to a system that helps students learn. On-line charter schools are a free alternative that is better than most public schools. Industry uses computer based training systems to help employees to learn new skills. Personalized computer based education is much more effective and costs much less than the current teacher based system. Sesame Street is proof that teachers are not needed to help kids learn. Kids already learn more from their game systems than they do in school.


      Any persons who are concerned about the education system in their school district are encouraged to :

      1) attend local school board meetings

      2) use FOIA forms (Freedom of Information Act ) to request information from your school or government. Download forms from the Internet.

      3) get involved in school activities

      4) get copies of school text materials….. some of these assignments will shock you !

      5) reach out to other groups in other areas…. this is a nationwide problem

      6) always remember …. the human brain learns in the same way it always did

      practice.. practice… practice.

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