Waiting for Superman explores education in U.S.; ticket purchase gives $15 to a classroom

A film being released today explores the US’ educational system, and buying tickets for it also comes with a $15 credit to donate to a classroom in need of funding or supplies. Waiting for Superman, which won Sundance’s audience award this year and has great reviews, is “a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children” that calls education “a hidden catastrophe spreading quietly, insidiously through our nation’s cities, towns and communities,” according to its web site. It’s directed by Davis Guggenheim, who directed An Inconvenient Truth.

The film’s web site says that, for up to four tickets purchased through Fandango or MovieTickets.com, “each ticket purchased [you] receive a $15 gift code to give to a classroom of your choice on donorschoose.org.”

Besides providing funds for classrooms through DonorsChoose, will the film itself have any impact? USA TODAY reports that “[t]eachers unions take most of the hits in this examination of why so many public schools are failing and how it affects five students and their families. Educators and experts who study education are not entirely convinced that Guggenheim’s film will be any more successful at effecting change than all the other documentaries that have come before it; in fact, filmmakers have been wringing hands over public schools for decades, especially on public television.”

Here’s the trailer:

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