The education documentary “Waiting for Superman” opens tomorrow (9/24) in select theaters including Los Angeles (CA) that begins shows at 12:15 a.m. In advance on the opening, special guests have been treated to previews including Kate from Parenting who also blogs on the Mom Congress page. Oprah had a special viewing for her audience with discussion on Monday, Sept. 20 that caused such a reaction – especially to her gift of $6 million to charter schools – she is bringing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and someone she calls a “Harlem hero” to appear live on Friday’s show.
All of this makes tomorrow an exciting day for children who attend public schools. I am excited that our WI Mom Congress delegate, Stacey Kannenberg, was selected to see a special screening of the documentary and then a part of The Oprah Winfrey Show audience tomorrow. The show will air in all areas tomorrow. So you know where I will be at 4 p.m. on Friday – waiting to see Stacey!
As the movie is seen by others across the nation, it makes me hopeful. I want all children to have a great education and that can only happen when all schools are excellent. It’s not fair that a child’s educational opportunities can be doomed or blessed based on their home address. This statement from the “Waiting for Superman” web site says it best while touching on a cord in Wake County. “A child's destiny should not be determined by his or her zip code. But throughout most of the U.S., students are assigned to public schools based upon where they live -- with few or no alternatives. And because of this, too many kids are forced to attend chronically failing schools. All students should have access to excellent schools, but more importantly, EVERY school should be excellent.”
The Waiting for "Superman" social action campaign has one primary goal: to ensure that every child receives a great education. The campaign seeks to build public awareness, ignite personal involvement and inspire real social change.
The campaign's four core initiatives are:
- Setting academic standards that are on par with the world's best
- Recruiting and rewarding great teachers
- Creating and nurturing excellent schools, and
- Increasing literacy rates
Liza Weidle is the NC Mom Congress delegate and author of "Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years."