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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Waiting’ takes close look at the American school system

At the beginning of “Waiting for ‘Superman’” (“WFS”) co-writer/director/narrator Davis Guggenheim drives by three Los Angeles public schools and points out that while he could enroll his own children in any one of them, he and his actress wife Elisabeth Shue will instead go the route of a private school.

In the space of 30 seconds and probably without intending to do so, Guggenheim overstates the obvious. If you’re well-to-do, you don’t have to send your kids to public school and likely ruin their future. For 100 or so minutes, Guggenheim lays out statistics that most people with a working brain have already heard: the nation’s public schools are failing and if we don’t do something about it soon, the U.S. as a whole is in BIG trouble.
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