Every American child deserves a decent public school education. A good education is the foundation and future of this country.
In the thoughtful, compassionate documentary "Waiting for 'Superman,'" we learn that the U.S. spends twice as much money per student as it did 40 years ago — yet there is an alarming increase in kids with less-than-basic reading and math skills. In Los Angeles alone, only 40% of kids are graduating from high school.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") introduces us to our public school system mainly through the eyes of five vulnerable kids from different cities, ethnic groups and families. These children dream about growing up to be a doctor or a vet, or providing a better life for their own kids some day.
When they are placed in lotteries for a chance at admission to a charter school instead of their current "failure factories," the outcomes are a nail-biter guaranteed to break your heart.