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Waiting For Superman

A Rhetorical Analysis


on 30 December 2012

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by: Monisha, Abarnaa, and Matt Waiting For Superman Philip Davis Guggenheim “fear of sending them to a failing school” IMAGERY TONE ST. LOUIS MISSOURI EXIGENCE SYNTAX Suza high school: known as “an academic sinkhole” “either kids are getting stupider, or the system is getting wrong” superman saves good people
so why isn't he saving me? Bianca’s Mom: “I don’t care how many jobs ill need to get, he is going to college” METAPHORS
Marion Davis and
Charles Guggenheim
Brown University- 1986
“Deadwood” producer/director
“The Inconvenient Truth”
2010- “Waiting for Superman”.
three of his documentaries ranked in the top 100.
"It Might Get Loud" Intro Superman "Heartless Cold Place" Analyzes the failing
American public school systems failing neighborhoods education department in the district the Teacher’s Union and the hiring of poor teachers itself. policy of Tenure, 68% of inmates are high school dropouts “no one is coming with
power to save us” Opening scene-african American kid when asked a math question, he answers hesitatingly but smiles after saying the answer because he knows he is correct. Juice, shoes, backpack. –typical “morning ritual” "you have money, and you’ll be happy” reads Bianca’s kid The film mainly covers the lives of five students who grow up in similar environments; four of the students are enrolled in public schools

better job and a significantly better career life than them.

Most assuring way-charter school. In certain areas of Los Angeles, Harlem, the Bronx, Washington, D.C., and Redwood City, California Brief Overview “Pass the Trash” “The Lemon Dance” “Turkey Trot” "the lottery system" stats of all the failing public schools and in a global wide view of education. The purpose of the film was to give a call to action to the people in the society about the plight of the middle class worker’s children , who don’t have that much money and cannot afford to send their kids anywhere else other than a public school.
It specifically attracts the viewer’s attention to the failing American public school system, the core reason for failing neighborhoods and in foreign people in top positions in America today. Filmmaker's Purpose http://www.rainymood.com/ “Waiting for Superman” tends to juxtapose dark and serious issues with hopeful but generic solutions Attitude&Viewpoint a call to action like, “The Inconvenient Truth”, the closing segment of the film places the responsibility for change in the viewer’s hands. The film balances light with dark camera shots. In the classroom, a full vibrant class usually accompanies positive or good examples while empty halls and seats reflect the darker issues at hand. One interesting technique was the variety of hard to classify historical footage and mixed media. Clips ranged from shots of the president speaking about education, to a scene from the Simpsons, to satellite imagery such as that found on Google Maps. A recurring cartoon helps to simplify and humanize issues and situations, but at some point, detracts from the seriousness of the film. Cinematic Techniques Beginning: introduce the three kids, then their families.

Middle: narrator includes relevant statistics to show what’s happening at the schools, life story

End: Reflects on overall point, summary, and includes general philosphy Structure Michelle Rhee(Washington D.C. Superintendent), former superintendents
Steve Barkman
Bill Gates
Dr. Robert Balfanz
Jay Mathews
Geoffery Canada
Jason Kamras
Eric Hanushek
Interviews with the parents
Statistics on math and reading scores
standards of the U.S. Public school system. Ethos Map of the U.S. Presents the No Child Left Behind Program
Use of Statistics
Comparison of high quality teacher and low quality teachers.
Historical explanation of the tracking system
KIPP Schools offer a possible solution
Availability of Charter Schools Logos PERSONIFICATION HYBERBOLE CHARACTERIZATION Rhetorical Analysis Criticism Did he really explore all the options? or just propose a general solution?

Teachers Union:
Drop-out Factories
Lemon Dance
Lottery System Focused or Unfocused? You decide. Literary Criticism
"Who says that charter schools will save these children—and, by implication, all children?" Shocks audience into a call to action-but to what EXTENT? Wesley Morris "...aside from the demoralizing lotteries, the most astounding thing in the movie is the wealth of depressing facts". Confusing Aspects anyone? DRAMA!!! Elements Fade Away? (...yes.) Important messages VS exaggerated facts Some points left rather quite general...common sense please? ..and yet as a viewer we are unable to grasp until a couple days later Overall widescope of the film WHY INDEED? Tenure : the "oh-so-dreaded"policy by this doc. makes teachers seem as if they are abusing its power. The question remains: Why then, do teachers get fired even when granted tenure in the real world? Just another hyperbole? ....more than likely obvious questions made not so obvious Argument/claims American schools as a whole have a whole host of issues as discussed in the film.

However, there are exceptions to the trend

personal, small-scale approach to the problem

facts indisputable

broad/ national trends Validity
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