One week to go: 'Waiting for Superman'

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There's just one week to go until the Baltimore advance screening of "Waiting for Superman," the powerful documentary film from the director of "An Inconvenient Truth."

Center Maryland is proud to join with KIPP: Baltimore as a media sponsor of the advance screening. Join KIPP on Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 5:30 p.m. for a reception at the Legg Mason Tower at Harbor East, prior to the 7 p.m. showing of the film at the Landmark Theater. (Here’s a link to the invitation, and here’s a link to purchase tickets to the event.)

Proceeds from the event will benefit KIPP: Baltimore, which operates one of the city’s most successful middle schools.

If you haven't yet read Thomas L. Friedman's recent column about the film, here's your chance.

For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians’ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) reminds us that education statistics have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of Waiting for “Superman.” As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying drop-out factories and academic sinkholes, methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.

However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have – in reshaping the culture – refused to leave their students behind.

Want to learn more? Here's a trailer of the film.


Since Center Maryland launched at the start of this year, promoting the success of public charter schools in Maryland has been one of our priorities. So over the next two weeks, Center Maryland will continue to share information about this amazing film, and we’ll continue to concentrate on how our state’s education system can continue to improve through the competition and innovative ideas available from charter schools.

We urge all of our regular readers to consider joining this important event for quality public education in Baltimore. Buy a ticket now.

We hope to see you there!
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