By Michael Mandeville ’11
Davis Guggenheim’s most recent film “Waiting for Superman,” a look at the broken American public school system, sparked national debate and concern.
Brophy students had their opportunity to become a part of the discussion on Nov. 1 during a screening of the documentary presented by Wells Fargo Bank followed by an open discussion.
A diverse mix ranging from fifth-graders all the way to high school seniors (primarily enrolled in public education) filled Scottsdale’s Camelview 5 Theater for the event.
The audience quickly expressed radiating guilt, aggravation, pity and confusion after the curtains closed on the screen, but the conversation instilled hope for a new generation of aspiring leaders.
Mixed between light-hearted dancing breaks and attention grabbers for younger viewers in the crowd, questions concerning student’s thoughts, ideas and solutions animated some and pushed others reflecting on personal experiences similar to those in the film to tears.
Brophy student John Paul Mulligan ’11, who was amongst attendees in the audience, said “it was an interesting insight and glimpse into the deteriorating conditions of the education system that will motivate younger students to work harder in school and help reform the system.”
Another event was planned at Arizona State University the subsequent Thursday, and the evening resulted in general discussion about education.