Waiting for ""SUPERMAN""

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-09-14
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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Each book includes a $15 gift card from DonorsChoose.org to give to a classroom in need. The American public school system is in crisis, failing millions of students, producing as many drop-outs as graduates, and threatening our economic future. By 2020, the United States will have 123 million high-skill jobs to fill-and fewer than 50 million Americans qualified to fill them. Educators, parents, political leaders, business people, and concerned citizens are determined to save our educational system. Waiting for"Superman"offers powerful insights from some of those at the leading edge of educational innovation, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Rhee, Geoffrey Canada, and more. Waiting for"Superman"is an inspiring call for reform and includes special chapters that provide resources, ideas, and hands-on suggestions for improving the schools in your own community as well as throughout the nation. For parents, teachers, and concerned citizens alike, Waiting for"Superman"is an essential guide to the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing America's schools.

Author Biography

Karl Weber is a writer and editor based in New York. He collaborated with Muhammad Yunus on his bestseller Creating a World Without Poverty and has edited two previous Participant Media Guides, Food, Inc. and Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species.

Davis Guggenheim is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award®-winning director and producer, whose work includes It Might Get Loud, the 2009 documentary featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White; and An Inconvenient Truth featuring former Vice President Al Gore, which won the Oscar® for Best Documentary in 2007. More recently, Guggenheim directed Barack Obama's biographical film for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as Obama's 30-minute primetime infomercial. Guggenheim has also directed many television series including Deadwood, NYPD Blue, and 24.

Table of Contents

Prologue-The Problem
A Nation Still At Riskp. 3
The Film
Introduction: Waiting for "Superman"-The Story Behind the Moviep. 15
Voices from Waiting for "Superman"p. 23
The Making of Waiting for "Superman"p. 27
The Road to Super Tuesdayp. 49
Introduction: Francisco's Storyp. 67
How Schools Kill Neighborhoods-and Can Help Save Themp. 69
The Difference Is Great Teachersp. 81
Introduction: Emily's Storyp. 103
Calling All Citizensp. 105
Introduction: Anthony's Storyp. 125
Putting Kids Firstp. 127
Five Foundations for Student Successp. 143
Introduction: Bianca's Storyp. 165
What Really Makes a Super School?p. 167
Introduction: Daisy's Storyp. 187
Bringing Change to Scale: The Next Big Reform Challengep. 189
Educating America's Young People for the Global Economyp. 201
What You Can do
How You Can Make a Difference: The Alliance for Excellent Educationp. 215
Web Sites and Organizations Devoted to Children, Schools, and Education Reformp. 229
Mom Congress Lesson Plan for Change: Editors of Parenting magazinep. 253
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 271
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