"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, May 19, 2012

'The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman' now available online

Waiting for "Superman" would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great public schools. — Grassroots Education Movement

Today Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) announced their landmark picture released last year, "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman," was now available online. Don't forget to visit the website for a wealth of resources to accompany the film, like a brochure for showings.

This is such an important film. It speaks truth to power on so many levels. Moreover it dismantles the disgusting right-wing charter-voucher propaganda piece by the slick mendacious hipster Davis Guggenheim. His dishonest, despicable and duplicitous film was probably the most pernicious documentary since Birth of a Nation.

I've organized screenings of "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman" at Union Avenue ES and Micheltorena ES, the former with guest Professor Stephen Krashen. Parents and community members at both showings were transformed watching the film.

I for one realize how much hard work GEM put into the film. They provided a great gift for all of us that still believe in social justice and public education. Please share this film with everyone you know. Discuss it. Create school projects based on it. Write about it. Do everything you can to get the truth, however inconvenient, about corporate reforms and charter-voucher schools into the mainstream dialog.

La lucha para escuelas publicas y liberaciĆ³n para el todos gentes continua. En solidaridad.


  1. Standardized testing is for the birds. That's like trying to fit the square peg into the round hole-- it doesn't work. What people need to understand is that there is not clear cut way for the way our students learn. We must be able to adapt and grow with each of our students. Public education needs to be given the tools it needs to compete in this 21st century of ours-- not have funds taken away through privatization, etc.

  2. Jen B4:26 PM

    What types of reactions has this brought out by the public? Has anything been mentioned about needing to address adversity as well?