Education and Participatory Documentary

As many readers will know, one of the documentaries at this year’s Sundance is Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for Superman, which traces and seeks to explain the crisis in public education in the United States. ¬†Given my role as a professor who often works with future teachers, I’m acutely aware of many of the debates swirling around public education in this country, so I’ll be interested to see how the film plays out. ¬†The doc has already been picked up by Paramount Vantage, so it should hopefully gain a fairly wide release.

Guggenheim was also interviewed for a short video on Sundance’s YouTube channel where he discusses his own reluctance to put his children in public schools despite his belief in their importance and his focus on the educational methods of Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Also worth noting, Participant Media, which also supported Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth, is already preparing the social and political activism component of the film.

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