Waiting for Superman: Fact or Fiction?

Diane Ravitch, Jay Mathews, Debra Viadero , Valerie Strauss, Justin Snider

Education insiders say Waiting for Superman, a heart-rending documentary/movie about the struggles five children face in pursuit of a good public school education, is grossly distorted, even dangerous. The movie has received high ratings from the public but those inside education see a different picture. In this segment former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch and four education reporters aim to separate fact from fiction.
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May 8, 2009
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Diane Ravitch is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System; Valerie Strauss is an education writer at The Washington Post; Debbie Viadero is an associate editor at Education Week; Jay Mathews has been an education columnist at The Washington Post for 39 years and appeared in the movie Waiting for Superman; and Justin Snider is a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report and teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University.
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