The new documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” portrays teachers as both the solution and the problem in American education.
The film celebrates the herculean effort of individual teachers and administrators to battle an unyielding and bloated bureaucracy while condemning the collective resistance of teacher unions to accountability measures designed to get rid of ineffective peers.
And it does so through intimate studies of five students, all of whom are counting on their number coming up in a lottery so they can escape failing schools for better ones.
The title stems from a comment by the charismatic Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone in central Harlem, New York.
Canada told the filmmakers that while growing up he always expected Superman to come to his rescue in his South Bronx tenement and was