waiting for superman documentary transcript

/CropBox [ 0 0 595.27600 841.89000 ] /GS1 17 0 R Waiting For Superman has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of the struggles students, families, << Why is that such a frightening concept? But I think that's false. You say no one wants lousy teachers but there are a lot of really lousy teachers who are protected by this current system. "Waiting for Superman," a fascinating new documentary, is drawing attention to the state of our public school, directed by Davis Guggenheim, who brought us You talked about evaluations like every other business. The only disagreement that I think our union has had in terms of the way in which things have gone, is that our folks have desperately wanted to have a voice in how to do reform. 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It is must-see TV, from 9:00 to 11:00 Eastern Time right here on MSNBC. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Daisys path to medical school begins with eighth grade algebra which she'll need to take when she moves up to Stevenson Middle School. We can't have our school system running like this. BRZEZINSKI: You also knew that a little girl like Daisy can be a vet or a doctor or anything she wants to be if she's given the tools to do it. WebThe documentary Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim, is a film that shows how school systems are today. 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They have to go see this movie and have smaller conversations like this. We're turning to you now. And I don't want to make this about the presumptive mayor. And what the teachers wanted in Washington were the tools and conditions for them to do their jobs. /Parent 1 0 R KENNY: Now studying Shakespeare, passing the regions in physics, passing the regions in chemistry, 100 percent in U.S. history across the board, all of them are going to go to college. 8 0 obj endobj "Geraldo at Large." LEGEND: Well, you know, there are plenty of constituencies that usually align with the union, for instance. GUGGENHEIM: And fight for these kids. I have a 12-year-old that goes to public school. How do we let every kid -- SCARBOROUGH: There are two Americas. /ProcSet [ /PDF /Text ] We should let Randi respond. But the issue in terms of the election, went far further than education. Davis, I want to go to you on this one. stream And I think seeing what's possible in this film is very inspiring. /Properties << RHEE: You wake up every morning and you know that 46,000 kids are counting on you. /T1_1 57 0 R How do you explain that to a child? Our guests will include Governor Chris Christie, Newark Mayor Corey Booker and U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan. /Font << You said OK we're not going to penalize bad teachers. What were your thoughts when the number did not come up? The documentary follows The Superman movie fans are waiting for Superman: Legacy will be released on 11 July 2025. >> BRZEZINSKI: How do we get to what you're saying, though? /Resources << << By the end of the year she only had half a year of teaching. >> "[10] Joe Morgenstern, writing for The Wall Street Journal, gave the film a positive review writing, "when the future of public education is being debated with unprecedented intensity," the film "makes an invaluable addition to the debate. BRZEZINSKI: Is that a fair shot, Randi? It's the school that Deborah Kenny runs. SCARBOROUGH: And you also, your movie talks about how what's happening in some of these schools is demolished a lie, a bigoted lie that some kids are incapable of learning. >> So look, all of us on this stage, whether it's Geoffrey or Michelle or Davis, myself, the two of you, we all care passionately about the children. NAKIA: Shes 7 now. /T1_0 24 0 R I think the point of departure between Michelle and I may be that I see, just like in Finland and Singapore and other places, that we need to all actually work together, focused on instruction, focused on how we help people do the best jobs they can and then -- BRZEZINSKI: Wasnt that what she was doing? It looks like we don't have any synopsis for this title yet. SCARBOROUGH: All right. Judith and Jose have decided to enter Daisy into the Kipp lottery. Charter schools are public schools, public dollars, public school children and to talk about them as if they are not public schools, I think does a disservice to that movement. SCARBOROUGH: Were back with our panel, Michelle, one of the stunning parts of many stunning parts in this documentary, in this film, was when Davis showed the proficiency numbers state by state. You cannot say we want more resources to go to kids when in fact in this city, Joel Klein is spilling $100 million a year to pay for teachers you saw it in the movie, who aren't actually teaching. The most influential scene during this segment is when one of the students, Bianca, and her mother, Nakia, wait for Biancas name to be called as the lottery nears the end. [31] Ravitch served as a board member with the NAEP and says that "the NAEP doesn't measure performance in terms of grade-level achievement," as claimed in the film, but only as "advanced," "proficient," and "basic." SCARBOROUGH: I tell you what, that was the part of the movie where Daisy, you saw her crossing her fingers and write physically got nauseated. BRZEZINSKI: It was still painful. I just think -- SCARBOROUGH: Do you really think he wants to the right thing? If I have kids, I don't want kids to be in this environment. /GS0 18 0 R RHEE: It was actually 12 percent that were proficient in reading but he picked the better statistic because actually, only 8 percent of our children were proficient in math. What are your thoughts? We applaud everybody for joining us on this stage. The film shows how Geoffrey Canadas solution to this problem was to create charter schools that would give children and their parents more options within the public school system and would hopefully raise academic performance, decrease dropout rates, andincrease the number of students who attend college. BRZEZINSKI: Is there a possibility? [4][5][6] On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a "Certified Fresh" approval rating of 90% based on reviews from 118 critics. BRZEZINSKI: If you leave Washington, D.C. are you going to Newark? Thank you for joining us. << It's happening in Los Angeles. 4 0 obj I know they are. WEINGARTEN: I live in New York -- RHEE: You put $1 million into a mayoral campaign. LEGEND: This is a civil rights issue. And it says that if all of us are actually committed to fixing this, we will follow the evidence of what works, follow it, be innovative, be creative but follow the evidence of what works and we will all work together to fix this so that every single child has access to a great public education, not by chance, not by privilege but by right. And a lot of times some of the older civil rights organizations have historically aligned with the unions. What if I made a movie that gets people to care about other peoples children and fight for other people's children as much I fight for mine. It starts with teachers becoming the very best, leaders removing the barriers of change, neighbors committed to their school, you willing to act (Guggenheim 1:45:05-1:45:28). /Properties << David Guggenheims Waiting for Superman looks at how the American public school system is failing its students and displays how reformers have attempted to Like around here, I mean, I want my kids to have better than what I had. << There are a couple of things leaders, in which we all are, could do. SCARBOROUGH: OK. You talked about it. SCARBOROUGH: What have you learned since getting involved? SCARBOROUGH: Why is it -- [ applause ] why is it that you have an area like Washington, D.C. that is 12 percent proficient in math? Waiting for Superman is a documentary which investigates the different ways in which education is failing students and the development of the American public In a documentary called Waiting for Superman, contemporary education issues that the U.S. has been facing for several decades are addressed. /Producer (Python PDF Library \055 http\072\057\057pybrary\056net\057pyPdf\057) It is a revolution. One of the most disheartening moments of the movie for me is when you were driving away from the meeting, your meeting, with the teachers, and it just showed your face. >> GLORIA: Im just so afraid for him. NAKIA: The public schools in my neighborhood don't add up to what I want from her. Waiting For Superman may refer to: Waiting for "Superman", a 2010 documentary. SCARBOROUGH: You mean against -- RHEE: Against Fenty, my boss. Or it can't be done. By what name was Waiting for Superman (2010) officially released in India in English? BRZEZINSKI: Welcome back. SCARBOROUGH: 15 seconds. SCARBOROUGH: First and foremost -- LEGEND: If we care about justice, if we care about equality in this country, we have to care about fixing education. We'll be right back. Everyone in this room is feeling something powerful tonight. The union leaderships could take this on as a platform and say this is something we're going to commit to and give our membership behind this so we can show progress in taking on these issues. This is a transcript of "Waiting for Superman". SCARBOROUGH: No doubt about it. Rhee said that only a small number of teachers and principals cheated. ANTHONY: I stayed back one grade. But do you think Michelle Rhee was trying to improve the performance of the teachers in her district, was she trying to make the schools better? "[14] Geraldo Rivera praised the film for promoting discussion of educational issues. LEGEND: We need to be clear, you know, sometimes it sounds like everybody is on the same team up here because we all sound like we agree. Didn't get an answer on that. When they hear this back and forth, there's the sense of like, you know what, put my head in the sand, take care of my own kids because this debate has been going on for generations. So we've got to open up this issue of innovation and we've got to make sure that in those places we allow real educators to come in and redesign this thing so it works. I think he wants to do the right thing. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You see the cages up here. We have to go to break right now. Towards the end of the film, there is a segment that illustrates the charter school lottery as it takes place for different schools. SCARBOROUGH: Last in, first out. BRZEZINSKI: How old is she? KENNY: We catch them up to basic level and we accelerate them to proficient. You all have your numbers, right? I love teachers. END VIDEO CLIP BRZEZINSKI: All right. SCARBOROUGH: Right. I started to count the public schools that I was driving by. Why not? GEOFFREY CANADA, PRES. So people keep talking about accountability just in terms of firing teachers but what I think people need to understand is how accountability allows you to unleash teacher passion by setting on fire all the teachers in the school because you're allowed to give them the freedom to teach the way they see fit. BRZEZINSKI: They were underperforming it. MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Take a look at some of the reactions from just a few minutes ago as people watched this movie. When you put a face on this issue, as we talk about the details of it, that's the thing I keep saying to myself, let's not forget as we argue and discuss and learn about this, let's not forget the kids. Ravitch said that "cheating, teaching to bad tests, institutionalized fraud, dumbing down of tests, and a narrowed curriculum" were the true outcomes of Rhee's tenure in D.C. LEGEND: Yes. More importantly than our union, the new mayor is committed to it. /ExtGState << It was not simply about education. SCARBOROUGH: Not a Bush apostle. NAKIA: Yes. I knew -- as Davis said, I knew what was going to happen before she knew what was going to happen. He wrote "Shine," the theme song for "Waiting For Superman." There are winners and losers. But I do think though Davis even though we may disagree there wasn't a public school or a public school teacher that was pictured in this film, people have done amazing jobs. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lets get started. /Kids [ 4 0 R 5 0 R 6 0 R 7 0 R 8 0 R ] 40 years later we're still fighting for equality and one of the biggest barriers to achieving quality is the fact that so many kids in our country can't get a great education. SCARBOROUGH: How do we do it, Geoffrey? It just came out this week. And this is not America, the idea that one kid could have a great education and one kid can't. /ExtGState << CANADA: Can I just tell you this? We're here at the site of our education nation summit launching today at NBC News and MSNBC. endstream We'll hear from the audience as well. /ArtBox [ 0 0 595.27600 841.89000 ] /Properties << Because what's happened in so many instances, is that the evaluation system is what's broken. You fought the law and the law won. BRZEZINSKI: Why didn't they add up? WEINGARTEN: Let me get to both of these issues, let me see if I can conflate them. "[12] The Hollywood Reporter focused on Geoffrey Canada's performance as "both the most inspiring and a consistently entertaining speaker," while also noting it "isn't exhaustive in its critique. But I think we have to get a layer deeper than just the platitudes that remain on the stage. DAISYS FATHER: Come on, Daisy, cross your fingers. You cannot say -- you can't say, well, the problem with charter schools is they only serve some of the kids when in fact you are advocating for caps on those effective charter schools. I am the first one to say, that charter schools are not the answer. But we need to have real evaluation systems, which is what the union has been focused on, so that teachers are really judged fairly. The film assumes that any student below proficient is "below grade level," but this claim is not supported by the NAEP data. And we're going to figure out, we're going to get people together here. BRZEZINSKI: All right. When I see from my own experience as a school teach are for six years when evaluations didn't work and less than 20 percent of them think that evaluations work right now. If I don't, Ill just be with my friends. And when you say that, people say you're attacking teachers. It's going to be mommy's job to get you another school that's better. >> RHEE: Thats correct. /TrimBox [ 0 0 595.27600 841.89000 ] We can't wait and talk about this another seven, eight, ten years. 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I think sometimes there's a disconnect between them. GUGGENHEIM: The issue is not just lousy teachers. GUGGENHEIM: Weve won the lottery. BRZEZINSKI: Im sorry, we have news for our audience as well. BRZEZINSKI: What are you saying, Randi, what is he saying? The lottery in this movie is a metaphor. That's not the case with all charter schools across America. endobj The video explores several of the problems within the system, and tells the personal stories of several families and communities who have been impacted and disadvantaged by the broken education system. endobj What were the results of the kids who came in and were about to graduate this June, late May, what is the change that has happened with these children? [15] Deborah Kenny, CEO and founder of the Harlem Village Academies, made positive reference to the film in a The Wall Street Journal op-ed piece about education reform. RHEE: Heres the thing. I like to follow the evidence. One of the things we were thinking about, we were covering songs from the civil rights era, from the '60s and '70s and people who fought for justice and equality. I know you have to say your side of this and this is hard for all of us. Let's do this right now and let's look at the best contract in the nation in terms of eliminating ineffective teachers and let's make that the standard across America. But it's not just Harlem -- if my movie, I call it, they're breaking a sound barrier. They want to know what good teaching looks like and they want to emulate it. A lot of times, the unions, for instance, were fighting to -- fighting the right to have more charters in New York. In fact, those are the very areas where he has success. >> The film portrays the deep sadness that Bianca and her mother feel when Bianca is not accepted into the charter school as the two embrace one another at the end and Nakia dries her daughters tears (Guggenheim 1:37:35). LEGEND: Who your state senator is. [38] The documentary was directed, filmed, and edited by Julie Cavanagh, Darren Marelli, Norm Scott, Mollie Bruhn, and Lisa Donlan. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: BRZEZINSKI: What happens to these kids? I said mommy wanted you to stay in your school and she finished my sentence. Why did you pick this topic? The film recognizes how the American public plays an important role in helping to accomplish the reform goal of making American public schools great. 9 0 obj But Id like -- I think there is a disconnect here that John Legend talks about. An examination of the current state of education in America today. /MC0 62 0 R What's the big takeaway from "Waiting For Superman"? /MediaBox [ 0 0 595.27600 841.89000 ] And the next morning Im driving my kids in the minivan to school and they go to a great private school in Los Angeles. I said what I if I made a different kind of movie from a parents' point of view? /Length 868 Even during the MSNBC town hall today, there were teachers who say I don't care about tenure. The film will focus on the times when Superman is younger, with an emphasis on how he balances his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing . BRZEZINSKI: Thank you. That was in the second grade, because my father had passed. SCARBOROUGH: You guys were great. We can run the school the way we want, which is to give our teachers the power to teach. /T1_0 24 0 R Ravitch says that a study by Stanford University economist Margaret Raymond of 5000 charter schools found that only 17% are superior in math test performance to a matched public school, and many perform badly, casting doubt on the film's claim that privately managed charter schools are the solution to bad public schools. Waiting for Superman: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose LEGEND: My last thing I would say, we have to realize that these kids are our kids. We've been talking about the teacher town hall hosted by Brian Williams earlier today. /BleedBox [ 0 0 595.27600 841.89000 ] Take a look. Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 American documentary film written and directed by Davis Guggenheim and produced by Lesley Chilcott. Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools (the district with some of the worst-performing students at the time), is shown attempting to take on the union agreements that teachers are bound to, but suffers a backlash from the unions and the teachers themselves. It's shameful. A reminder for everyone, coming up right after this program, MSNBC will re-air that teacher town hall that was hosted by Brian Williams, that's from 9:00 to 11:00 Eastern Time, right here on MSNBC. /GS0 18 0 R It's a random selection. No one can go home and stick their head in the sand. << Michelle, you have been on the wrong side of the debate over here. SCARBOROUGH: Hold on a second. Yet instead of examining this critical issue objectively, the movie Waiting for "Superman" cites false statistics in their effort to scapegoat teachers, unfairly blaming them for all the failures of our urban schools. [3], Geoffrey Canada describes his journey as an educator and recounts the story of his devastation when, as a child, he discovers that Superman is fictional, that "there is no one coming with enough power to save us.". WebShop for waiting for superman documentary transcript filetype:lua at Best Buy. WEINGARTEN: Theres nothing wrong with what Geoffrey just said. SCARBOROUGH: Davis, let's begin with you. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think she can do it? And at the same time, have some due process so that we guard against our arbitrariness. [31] (The film says, however, that it is focusing on the one in five superior charter schools, or close to 17%, that do outperform public schools.) RHEE: Were not going to be able to solve the problem going one city at a time. Where you tried to focus on good teachers in Washington. "Waiting for Superman" ( Superman & Lois), an episode of Superman & Lois. BRZEZINSKI: Its very hard to watch this movie. SCARBOROUGH: Its about jobs. I think the question about whether school reform can continue at as an aggressive rate under him is whether hes going to be able to stand up to the fact that SCARBOROUGH: Let me ask you this Michelle. What's Mayor Bloomberg doing right? KENNY: Right. All of my kids have gone to public school. They were the right things for kids but they made the adults incredibly uncomfortable. Broadcast: Saturday, September 25, 2010. CANADA: This is why I think this is such an important movie. SCARBOROUGH: Fantastic. The attendance and the schools itself. At the end of the film, there is writing that states: The problem is complex but the steps are simple. Last Friday night I watched Davis Guggenheims new documentary, Teach, which was broadcast in on CBS.Guggenheim, you may recall, is the filmmaker who brought us Waiting For Superman, the shameless propaganda-fest that signaled the full-on nuclear stage of the corporate-driven war on public education (also known as the the legacy castle wedding cost,

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