A System of Failure Essay

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In 1938, the brainchild of writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster first appeared in Action Comics. Deemed Superman, the mythical hero was dedicated to fight for social justice and overthrow tyranny. Soon after, his iconic flashy red cape and tight blue bodysuit graced the shelves of comic shops as he flew straight into the hearts and minds of fellow Americans faster than a speeding bullet. In spite of being a very foreign immigrant, Superman has long been portrayed as a loyal patriot fighting for "truth, justice and the American way". Through the years however, the meaning of “American way” has become increasingly complex not only in superhero comics but in modern society as well. The unfolding scenarios of the storylines often take on…show more content…
For a nation that proudly acknowledged that no child shall be left behind, it is perplexing that the actions of the American public school system suggest otherwise. The 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman reveals an impassioned and insightful feature into the lives of five academically ambitious children and their efforts to gain a coveted spot in a charter school. Waiting for Superman asserts that our nation’s future is contingent upon quality instructors and that the over-protection of bad teachers by powerful teachers’ unions essentially ensures mediocrity, in both students and teachers alike.
The plot of Waiting for Superman vividly weaves together a memorable tale of five economically disadvantaged children who are desperate to escape the failing public school system. With more than 1.2 million students dropping out of school every year, the film depicts public education as a failed enterprise (“Statistics on American”, n.d.). However, admission into charter schools is subject to winning a random lottery where the odds are heavily piled against their favor. Director Davis Guggenheim masterfully familiarizes the viewers with each pint sized protagonist and their story to highlight the various aspects of our deteriorating school system. From the heart of the Bronx to East Los Angeles, the film produces a heartbreaking tapestry of five students of various ages, gender, race, and
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