Film Responses to Waiting for Superman and The Hobart Shakespearians

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Film Responses to Waiting For Superman and The Hobart Shakespearians “Waiting for Superman” and “The Hobart Shakespearians”, Tow great eye-opening documentaries of the American public school system and the struggles in the lives of the students and their families. “Waiting for Superman” Featured students from America that have been negatively affected by the public school system. Each of these students and their families have great hardships to overcome yet have a strong will to succeed and a never give up attitude. It shows what they parents go through in making sure that their child has a good educations, from constantly trying to communicate with teachers and school officials that have no interest in helping them, entering Chartered School Lotteries, and actually paying for private school while being low income. “The Hobart Shakespearian” is an inspirational film about Rafe Esquith, one of those rare teachers who extend his time, and energy above and beyond what is required of him. He sets an example of how a teacher with a great amount of drive and dedication to students can help turn their students’ lives around. I realize once again that teaching is so much more than getting students to understand course material. These documentaries lay out the truth about our public school system, socioeconomic status relation to public education, and how much impact the teachers have in the lives of our children. “The Hobart Shakespearian” blew me away on so many levels, and they all stem back to what this one teacher is willing to do for his students. I couldn’t believe that the Mr. Esquith used to work four jobs to take his students on trips, or that a former student made a nonprofit just for his class. That fact there, it ... ... middle of paper ... ...tting large donations from other outside sources. These documentaries have pointed out the harsh reality of our public school system and the teacher’s union getting stronger each day that it’s making our education reform difficult. Despite the efforts of few exceptional educators fighting for change, our children are failing and losing hope. What can we do to change? We have the formula, we know it’s wrong, but why won’t we change? What do we need to do with these teachers? I can’t stop questioning. References Birtel M. & Chilcott L (Producers). Guggenheim, D (Director). (2010). Waiting for Superman, United States: Paramount Pictures. Matsumoto, D. (2013). Culture and psychology. (5th ed., pp. 12-29). Belmont: Wadsworth. Stuart M. (Producer & Directors) (2005). The Hobart Shakespearian. United States: For Thirteen/WNET

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