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