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Week of October 25, 2010

University sponsors post-viewing talk on ‘Waiting for Superman’

The national debate on the state of K-12 education in America sparked by the film “Waiting for Superman” comes to Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater Nov. 3 when U-M schools and centers will sponsor a viewing and panel discussion from 7-10 p.m.

The film by the Academy Award-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth,’’ has gained a great deal of attention from public officials and the media. Its state premier in Royal Oak was attended by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other leaders, and made front page news; students portrayed in the film already have visited President Obama at the White House.

“One important role for a public research university is to help to support disciplined discussion of important social issues,” says Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education. “This film certainly includes such examples.”

This viewing will be co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Institute for Social Research, the Center for the Study of Complex Systems and the School of Education.  

The film notes that U.S. children, when ranked among the 30 most developed countries, rank 25th in math, 21st in science yet No. 1 in confidence. It warns that this generation will be less literate than the one before it just as higher skills are needed to compete in the global economy.

It follows the stories of school children comparing traditional public schools with private and charter alternatives. For more details on the showing go to soe.umich.edu/news_events/events/detail/movie_superman or www.waitingforsuperman.com.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

James Rocker, program assistant, Office of New Student Programs, on event planning and organizing: “Some things in life you just can’t wing.”

EVENTS

Yusef Komunyakaa poetry reading, 5:10-6:30 p.m., Oct. 25, U-M Museum of Art, Apse Room.

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