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Points of view on "Waiting for Superman"

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Publication Date: 
28 Sep 2010

A controversial new documentary, "Waiting for Superman", says the US education system is failing. When the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmakers said the picture offered a "warning to Canada". However, Canadian educational activists have cautioned against drawing parallels with Canada and many in the US are beginning to question the film's prescription for change.

About the film

Waiting for Superman -- movie trailer
"The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom."

Canadian media coverage

Education movie points the wrong way for change
Jane Gaskell, OISE Professor, Toronto Star, Sept 16 2010

Waiting for Superman: A warning for Canada
Toronto Star, Sep 12 10

US media coverage

What 'Superman' got wrong, point by point
Rick Ayers, Washington Post, Sept 27, 2010

'Waiting for Superman': A simplistic view of education reform?
Christian Science Monitor, Sept 24, 2010

Education indoctrination
Huffington Post, Sept 26, 2010

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