Did you see today’s “Oprah” show?
She interviewed Davis Guggenheim, the director of the new documentary “Waiting For Superman,” about the sad state of the country’s schools.
Told from the point of view of five students, “Waiting for Superman” is said to be a compelling look at the nation’s school system — where dropout rates are staggering and ineffective teachers are rewarded with tenure. It’s also quite controversial.
Guggenheim told Oprah that he and his wife, Elisabeth Shue, send their three kids to private school. But, he says that he felt a responsibility to improve the state of education for kids who can’t afford private school.
“How can I make a movie that will make parents care about other people’s children as much as we care about our own?” he said that he asked himself before directing “Waiting for Superman.”
Guggenheim is hoping the film will start a national discussion about the state of public education the same way that his previous film, the Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” prompted discussion and activism around the environment and global warming.
Thursday’s “Oprah” show was devoted to “The Shocking State of Our Schools” and also featured Bill Gates.
“We are not going to be able to compete in a global economy with 1.2 million kids dropping out every year,” Oprah said.
“Waiting For Superman” will open in select cities this Friday, September 24. Do you plan to see it?