All member reviews for Waiting for "Superman"

Common Sense Media says

Thought-provoking docu uncovers educational challenges.

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bylstephe409 November 26, 2010


Very biased and unfair and discouraging to thousands of hard working teachers. The film is simplistic and one sided and doesn't tell the whole story. I know quite a few dedicated teachers who are loved by their students and they're discouraged by this film.
Adult Written byjohninbaltimore November 5, 2010

The Truth Behind the Fantasy

1. It is not impossible to get rid of ineffective teachers, as stated by some respondents. It takes effort to accomplish this task. School systems and most administrators are not willing to take on the extra effort required. You can’t just throw someone out of a classroom without making some type of effort to help them improve. Staff development and mentor teachers are very important to creating more effective teachers. 2. This movie is a fairy tale at best. They want the public to think they are working these miracles with the same funding as the average public school. That is not true. Corporate America (like the Gates Foundation) has invested huge sums of money in these schools to make them appear to be “Supermen”. They will gain a new frontier for profiteering as the number of charter schools increase. If you give every school a virtually unlimited budget they can accomplish the same increases in student achievement seen in this movie. 3. The public and many government leaders need to wake-up and realize that education is important work and not a carnival game. Programs like Race to the Top which make school systems compete for funds leaves far too many needy schools out in the cold—set up to fail.
Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2014

I don't usually watch documentaries but this was good.

There really isn't any "inappropriate" content. It can sometimes be sad though, like in one part a boy says his dad died because he took drugs. But the movie is very interesting. I think kids will actually learn from it. There are actually very great role models.
What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 3 year old Written byjuliegrant November 7, 2010

Thought Provoking, Discussion Inspiring

A must see for anyone with children.
Parent Written byF. Clifton White August 12, 2013

The makers of this film think average income people are stupid

Deceptive propaganda piece paid for by a small group of billionaires and ultra-right wingers who hate anything "public" or anything "union". If it wasn't so dangerous and insidious a propaganda piece, I'd put it in the Absolutely Laughable category, along with "Reefer Madness" and others of that ilk. Not good for kids, adults or anyone who wants public education to improve and remain accessible for ALL American children---regardless of the income and status of their parents.
Kid, 12 years old December 29, 2011


Moving and thought-provoking documentary about how we can make a difference in the public schools. However, this movie wont hold back. Shocking content that you or your child never knew would even happen are portrayed in this movie. For example, a teacher dunks a students head in a toilet. Not graphically shown, but orally presented. A must watch for every kid 10 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Educator Written bybakerl November 5, 2010
I don't care how "good"a book is if it has language and content that is so sensitive we cannot put it on the shelves of our school libraries. What parent wants to deal with the language issue? We want our kids reading quality literature--not stuff we have to constantly explain. Sure the kids will read it because it is "forbidden." What media specialist wants to explain why it is on the shelf if it is too controversial???????????
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byCooldee January 19, 2011

Longer school days and year are not cool!

Who would send their child or children to a school that makes them go to school for more than 6 or 7 hours? Not me! I also think that KIPP is boring, dull, and tiring. Longer school days and year are b-o-r-i-n-g!
Kid, 12 years old November 5, 2010
great documentary
Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2012

A really good choice

None of the topics the website gives for rating the movie really fit. It is a documentary which means little kids will probably get bored, but for the older kids especially the kids in public schools should see this. It takes you into the lives of the kids who are featured in the movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written byChiman187 February 25, 2011

must see

very good
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 15 and 16 year old Written bytexasmomofteens November 5, 2010
This was an entertaining, informative documentary which follows several students in their attempt to qualify for charter or magnet schools due to their low-performing neighborhood public schools. "Waiting for Superman" shows that although U.S. schools were once some of the most successful in the world, we have not kept up with the changing world, and many students are doomed to failure by schools that barely graduate students, much less prepare them for college. This documentary puts the majority of the blame not on teachers or principals but on teachers' unions, which powerfully control the educational system by donating heavily to political campaigns. As seen with recently-fired Washington, D.C. superintendent Michelle Rhee, the unions make it almost impossible to get rid of ineffective teachers and are unwilling to consider any changes that might require more work for their teachers. Successful schools are also shown, and they give hope to the future of education in our country, This documentary made me want to go back and teach in an inner-city classroom.