Edited by: Watson Scott Swail
Publication Date: June 29, 2012
In Finding Superman, some of the most prominent educational thinkers of our time examine the pressing issues of educational equity and excellence brought to light in Davis Guggenheim’s popular documentary, Waiting for “Superman”. The film’s portrayal of urban public schools as uniform failures and charter schools as the only viable alternative for our nation’s youth demands a closer look. Across the chapters of this important book, the contributors reveal the film’s untold stories. These include the many public schools that are doing an excellent job of educating students, as well as the many charter schools that are doing no better than most public schools, despite their monetary advantages.
With chapters from educational luminaries that include Milton Chen, Linda Darling-Hammond, Dan Domenech, Ben Levin, Arthur Levine, Ann Lieberman, John Merrow, Diane Ravitch, Peter Smith, and Watson Scott Swail, Finding Superman demands a new perspective from readers on a topic of urgent importance to all of us. Achieving excellent schools for all children is not an easy task. As these authors remind us, it requires a more balanced dialogue and a fuller range of evidence to realize truly lasting change.
Watson Scott Swail is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Policy Institute in Washington, DC.
“An essential supplement for everyone who saw the movie Waiting for ‘Superman’.”
—Michael W. Kirst, Stanford University
“No one who hopes to participate in the contemporary conversation about better teachers, better schools, and better learning for students can afford to pass up this collection.”
—Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, The George Washington University
“Maps out reform strategies that will push our thinking into new realms.”
—Betsy Brand, American Youth Policy Forum
“ Finding Superman brings together a who's who of education reformers to probe the challenges and opportunities of educational quality in American public education. This volume shows that there are no simple solutions, no magic bullets that will fix our schools. Instead, the real Supermen (and women) can be found everywhere—in the poorest public schools, in charters, and in the homes of the very children whose success will determine our collective future as a nation.” —Jamie P. Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation
2012 One of 15 Christian Science Monitor's Must-read books about K–12 education in the U.S.