Among 30 developed countries, the United Sates ranks a dismal 25th in Math and 21st in Science. In fact America ranks 20th in graduation rates. The problem does not end there. When a child doesn’t finish high school, they earn significantly less and are eight times more likely to end up in prison.
Waiting for “Superman” a new documentary from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim seeks to raise the national dialogue around the nation’s failing public education system and create tangible action to help the system reverse these startling statistics.
Cutting the number of high school dropouts in half by 2018 is a primary goal of United Way and to move towards this goal we have signed on as a Social Action Partner of the film. United Ways across the nation will help raise awareness of the documentary in order to catalyze a movement in support of our school children.
Although the movie will open September 24th, a groundswell of support is underway with almost 50,000 people pledging to see the film and The New York Times, MTV and NY MAG are already weighing in and starting the conversation.
We invite you to join us in creating an open dialog around education in America. Watch the trailer below and pledge to see the film. Then stay tuned for how you can give, advocate and volunteer to help improve the public education system and help achieve our goal to cut the number of high school dropouts in half and create opportunities for a better life for our children. Visit waitingforsuperman.com/action and click "Get Local" to participate in a campaign in your community.