The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

A Grassroots Education Movement and Real Reform Studios Production

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Interview with former Success Academy Charter School Parent

The Success Academy Charter School Network, featured in “Waiting for Superman,” claims to have some of the “best” test scores in NYC. However, the network also has an excessively high suspension rate and a pattern of counseling out students who do not conform to their standards of conduct and achievement. Karen Sprowal tells the story of her kindergarten son’s 12 days at Success Academy Charter School. Ms. Sprowal describes how her son was pushed out of the school and eventually embraced by a neighborhood public school, PS 75. Please watch and share!

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Challenging “Waiting for Superman” in Kappan Magazine

“Our film was not the first nor the only thing to clue people in to the dangers of the corporate reform movement, but ‘The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman’ has proven to be an important piece of the ever-growing pushback and effort to preserve public education. “

-Mollie Bruhn in Kappan on the making of “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman.”


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The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman: Watch Now

A group of New York City public school teachers and parents from the Grassroots Education Movement wrote and produced this documentary in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film, Waiting for “Superman.” Guggenheim’s film would have audiences believe that free-market competition, standardized tests, destroying teacher unions, and above all, the proliferation of charter schools are just what this country needs to create great schools.

The film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman highlights the real lifeĀ  experiences of public school parents and educators to show how these so-called reforms are actually hurting education. The film talks about the kinds of real reform–inside schools and in society as a whole–that we urgently need to genuinely transform education in this country.

Since the official premiere of GEM’s film at the Assembly Hall of The Riverside Church in Harlem on May 19, 2011 featuring historian Diane Ravitch as our honored guest, our free offer of the DVD and permission to copy and distribute copies of the film have produced an estimated 15,000 copies in circulation. Requests have come in from all 50 states and 6 continents. Screenings have been set up by unions, parent groups, college professors and libraries all over the nation, in India, Turkey, England, New Zealand and Australia.


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