Superman’s not coming

Americans are taking the education crisis seriously, writes New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in a huge plug for Waiting for Superman, which opens Sept. 24.

“Waiting for Superman” follows five kids and their parents who aspire to obtain a decent public education but have to enter a bingo-like lottery to get into a good charter school, because their home schools are miserable failures.

The title comes from Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone, who recounts his grief when his mother told him Superman wasn’t real. “And I was crying because there was no one … coming with enough power to save us.”

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