Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, has issued a new clarion call for our times: Waiting for Superman, a new film that takes a hard look at America's failing public education system, the children it's leaving behind, and the reformers trying to turn things around. Above, you can watch the official trailer for the movie being released in select US theaters. And, right now, if you pledge to purchase a ticket, you can also direct a donation to a classroom of your choice.
Somewhere down the line (and ideally sooner than later), I hope that Guggenheim and Paramount Pictures will decide to make this film freely available to the public. It always struck me that the filmmakers limited the impact of An Inconvenient Truth by keeping it behind a pay wall. Hopefully, this time, they will recoup their money and give the film the freedom to spread an important message. There's generally not a moral imperative to make films free. But, in this case, it seems a little different.
Note for education bloggers: The Huffington Post will be screening the film nationally, and they invite you to attend. Get details here.