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ERIC Number: EJ1038268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Waiting for Superman: Neoliberal Educational Reform and the Craft of Filmic Direction
Prado, Jose; Montez de Oca, Jeffrey
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v36 n4 p274-297 2014
The Waiting for Superman (WFS) cultural project and its push to transform the public school system has had great appeal among those sympathetic and unsympathetic to the victims of exclusionary and exploitative school agendas. To address the workings of hegemony in the WFS cultural project the authors examine three general scenes in the WFS trailer and link the ideologies that they summon to corresponding moments in the movie itself. The first is the interview of Anthony, a fifth grader from Washington, DC and lead subject in the documentary. The second is the general critique of U.S. schooling. And, the third is the introduction of the Seed Charter School (SCS). They unpack the language and imagery around institutional justice in each of these scenes that center attention on U.S. students' need for quality schools, black students' low enrollment in higher education, and the push to unlock black youth from cycles of poverty. Given the theoretical foundations and the attention to the identified scenes in the trailer and the movie, the authors identify a sequence of events that they propose would culminate in viewers' investment in the directors' version of educational reform. Although their proposal is only a theoretically based argument about the relationship between popular culture and political authority in the contemporary educational reform movement, it provides a framework to examine neoliberal educational reform in the work that grows from this preliminary study.
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Language: English
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