Bill Gates and “Superman”

Next week, Bill Gates will help publicize the release of a new movie (in which he’s also featured) about the crisis in education called “Waiting for Superman” — directed by the same guy who made “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Education reform is big on the Gates Foundation agenda and is key to development here at home.

My fellow NPR blogger Tina Barseghian, who covers education, wrote about it on her blog MindShift noting that Gates will be among those appearing on Monday’s Oprah to discuss the documentary.

The LA Times said Gates provides “the film’s most newsworthy moment” because of his promotion of the charter school idea. An editorial in the Toronto Star takes exception to the idea.

I saw the trailer and I’m already hooked. No matter where people stand on education reform, I bet this movie is going to be a big hit. (It may not win anyone the Nobel Peace Prize, however.)

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