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Article in Response to Controversy

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In the second week of its national release, the documentary film Waiting for Superman-- about America’s so-called “failing” public school system-- jumped from number 194 in gross receipts to number 20 (Entertainment Weekly, 2010). It couldn’t have hurt that the film was featured as a cover story by Amanda Ripley (2010) in Time magazine only a few weeks earlier, with the provocative tag line: “Can a movie change education?” (Ripley, 2010). Or for that matter, that the film was lauded on The Oprah Winfrey Show (2010), during the course of which Oprah, so moved by the movie, pledged to give $6,000,000 (via her Angel Network) to charter schools across the country.

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