Waiting for “Superman” Directed by Davis Guggenheim Film Reflection
Every child has a dream to become someone; to start a career they are passionate about and that will benefit them and others in various ways. Daisy, one of the kids featured in the documentary, is a good performer and would like to be a veterinarian. However, the achievement of this dream is almost made impossible by the likelihood to join a middle school with 47 percent graduation rate (Guggenheim, 2010). If daisy goes to this school, it is uncertain that she will graduate and join the course of her choice in college. Dr. Robert Balfanz calls such low-performing schools “dropout factories” that are more than 2,000 in the nation (Guggenheim, 2010). Coming from a middle-class family, I have experienced almost similar challenges to those of Anthony and Bianca. Bianca is not allowed to take part in the school’s graduation ceremony because her mother was not able to clear her tuition fee. The film depicts the struggles parents go through to give their children a good education to secure their future. Among the struggles being paying high tuition fees and finding a school to match a child’s performance level
After five years in the public education system, my parents started looking for ways to move me into a charter school where there is a higher level of success. Middle and low-performing schools hinder students from achieving their dreams and those who drop out, often, end up in the juvenile correction system. Just like all the students in the film, getting into a charter school is based on luck. However, I have seen more minority group students getting harsher learning conditions characterized by discrimination, bullying, denial of chances, and exclusion when compared to Non-Hispanic Whites. The film does not emphasize the segregation that occurs in our schools, which even today, activists are fighting to eliminate.
Guggenheim, D. (Director). (2010). Waiting for “Superman” [Film]. Walden Media Participant Media.
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