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A BOOK REPORT OF WAITING FOR ''SUPERMAN'': HOW WE CAN SAVE AMERICA'S
FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY KARL WEBER
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Authored by Weber in 2010, the book Waiting for ''Superman'': How We Can Save
America's Failing Public Schools offers one of the greatest insights into the reality of the
educational situation in the United States. This book reviews the American educational system as
one in such a failed state that students who graduate from it appear to be products of “failure
factories”. While millions of students continue to go through the system, the author looks at the
system as one that masks mediocre achievement without portraying reality. Comparatively, other
countries have advanced in numerous areas of education like math as compared to America.
Based on the film ‘Waiting for Superman, this book not only reviews the challenges in the
educational system but also attempts to generate solutions to the same. By reviewing dedicated
teachers who take their time to identify and assist at-risk-students in the system, the book
inspires hope and poignancy in a call for those who feel inspired to assist in the revival and
sustenance of quality education for the American child.
Overall, the book is divided into eight parts that begin with a prologue, which is followed
by other seven parts. The prologue opens the book by defining what the problem is and
specifying why the nation is still at risk of experiencing continued poor academic performance.
The author then delves into evaluating the film, ‘Waiting for Superman and its relevance to the
situation with regard to the quality of education. In subtopics recognizing the story behind the
film while casting voices from the book, the author travels through events, commission reports,
and varied circumstances to indicate that the education of the American child is at stake. In part
two of the book, the main subject of coverage is an educational story set in Francisco. Using the
latter, the author manages to deliver the role of schools in American neighborhoods. He manages
to prove that schools have commensurate potentials to develop societies as well as to destroy
them. Through this story, the author also achieves the goal of differentiating mediocrity and
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greatness in teaching and in teachers.
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Hence; the indicative capacities that great teachers can
make the difference in helping the challenged system achieve its goals of quality education.
Parts III, IV, and V of the book are all based on individual stories and their relation to the
quality of education. The first is Emily’s story in part III, which clearly reveals the gap between
the haves and have nots in the system that result in two different outcomes. An eighth grader at
an affluent neighborhood in Silicon Valley, Emily appears to hate their school. She is not good in
Math and has access to supportive tuition for the same. However, she does not want to be tracked
and wishes to transfer from her school. The second is Anthony’s story in part IV. Specific to the
learning environment, this story presents the needs and benefits of putting the children first in
every educational system designed for them. It also lays the five foundations that are relevant for
the success of students in an educational program. The functionality of these foundations use
student focused approaches to learning and designing of school activities. Bianca’s story in part
V only adds to the educational story by defining what is necessary and relevant for success. This
episode reveals and explicates what it really takes to build what one would define as a Super
School.
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In all, these stories present uniqueness but also contribute in defining the necessities for
success in the educational systems and the corrections needed to achieve the same.
While part VI is still a story about another student, part VII lays focus and emphasis on
what can be done to make the educational system great. In Daisy’s story, the author’s coverage
focuses on two aspects, which relate to reforms and the view of education from a global
perspective. Dubbed “Bringing Change to Scale” the first part of Daisy’s story focuses on the
necessary major reform challenges that should be implemented in the American educational
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. Weber, Karl. Waiting for "superman": How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools
(New York: PublicAffairs, 2010).
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. Guggenheim, Davis. "The Harvard Educational Review - HEPG." (Hepg.org. N.p., 2017. Web.
28 Nov. 2017), 1.
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system. In the second part, the author lays emphasis on the comparative view of the American
system on a global scale. In this section, he focuses on the need to have students who graduate
from the educational system being able to compete on a global scale.
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Lastly, part VII of the
book capitalizes on how to make a difference in the educational system by engaging in the
practices that will lead to expected outcomes.
As covered in the movie and in the film incorporated in it, many issues are wanting in the
American educational system at the time of the book’s publication. The author attempts to cover
all these issues and present education as a holistic, child-focused program that cannot just be
presented in any way. The outcome of his research is a list of recommendations that attempt to
give solutions to these challenges and achieve a permanent solution for American education.
Overall, Waiting for ''Superman'': How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools is
a well researched and methodically presented publication. Not only does the book present deep
and intensive research but it also involves real life situations and life stories of students. It
reveals the fallen standards of the American educational system and the gap between those who
get good and poor quality education. However, the greatest achievement of the book is that it
recommends the approaches that can be used in overcoming these challenges by creating a
student focused system with good teachers and quality programs.
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. Suster, Mark. "Waiting For Superman: The Story Of America's Broken Education
System." (Business Insider. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Nov. 2017), 1.
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Bibliography
Guggenheim, Davis. "The Harvard Educational Review - HEPG." Hepg.org. N.p., 2017. Web.
28 Nov. 2017.
Suster, Mark. "Waiting For Superman: The Story Of America's Broken Education
System." Business Insider. N.p., 2017. Web. 28 Nov. 2017.
Weber, Karl. Waiting for "superman": How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools.
New York: PublicAffairs, 2010.

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