The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

A Grassroots Education Movement and Real Reform Studios Production

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 life  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.


3 thoughts on “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman: Watch Now

  1. Accountability… what a riot. When do we hold our politicians accountable?

    Few have done so much damage to Main St. as the current governor of New York:

    Good riddance to you, Bloomberg

  2. Hello,

    With standardized testing going on in schools this week, I think it is time we start standing up for this abuse. I am a 21 year junior at Miami University in Oxford studying middle childhood education. I have launched a campaign to try and gain awareness that basing teachers pay on standardized test scores is wrong. My goal is to bring this issue nationwide. In order to achieve this, I started a petition on and really want help in some way getting the word out. While I was able to get almost 200 signatures in less than a week, I need help with spreading the word. I think my campaign would be a great story as many people want to speak up on this issue but are afraid to.

    Here is the link:

    Thank you so much,


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