Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman

Borders to Donate $15 Per Purchase to Public Schools December 4th and 5th, 2010

Parents have often been known to save box tops for education, open Upromise accounts, donate to school programs through companies like Target, and collect labels for education, but the latest company to help parents and students donate much needed supplies and funding to their public schools is Borders.

The company, popular for its vast assortment of books, is now awarding any Borders customer that makes a purchase in one of their stores nationwide a special $15 gift card to then donate to the public school of their choice.

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Waiting for Superman Inspires to Fix Education

waiting for supermanIn a new documentary, Waiting for Superman, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim  provides us with a real-life look into how the American education system is seen and experienced through the eyes of five American kids.

“As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying ‘drop-out factories’ and ‘academic sinkholes,’ methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems,” writes the Sundance Films Festival.

The film also features Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem’s Children Zone.  Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama Invites Waiting For Superman Students to White House

president obamaThere has been a lot of buzz lately about the public school system in America. A recent documentary called Waiting for Superman highlights the story of five students who attend public schools, yet are trying to attend a special charter school.

After watching Waiting for Superman, President Obama decided to meet with the students featured in the film he called “powerful and heartbreaking” in an interview with the Today Show.

President Obama talked about his daughters’ private school education during that same interview, and he has drawn some criticism for stating that they would not get as good an education if they were attending public school.

The meeting with the students was done out of the spotlight and without a lot of press. The students, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, Emily and Anthony, were welcomed to the White House on October 11, 2010 to meet with the President. Read the rest of this entry »


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