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Steve well the documentary waiting for Superman is stirring up debate about the -- condition of public schools in America so.
Why the title.
One of the saddest days in my life was when my mother told me simple -- and did not I was three down rebounds and four great cook my mother -- -- -- -- mind you think supplemental should.
Superman is not reader.
You mean he's no he's not and she thought I was crying because.
It's like Santa Claus is not real and I -- -- -- -- no one coming with enough power to shape.
And that's how the movie opens and the man you just saw -- that clip Geoffrey Canada.
Has dedicated his life now to rescuing kids from the bleak future that results from poor education.
He's the president and CEO for Harlem children's zone a charter school that has been -- And Obama he's my guest this morning good morning -- -- this morning that's how you I'm doing just fine what an amazing movie that this is wrong part.
There are I'm just really hope that our people go see this movie and understand what this nation is facing.
Here's what you -- in the movie.
We need to shatter the myth that it's a lot that poor kids.
Cannot become educated.
That's right we we have a whole group of people in this country who have given up.
And just accept that failure and not just accepted -- for you were -- there -- places where children have not gotten an education for forty to fifty years.
And we are doing these kids and our jails and prisons are filled with folks who can't read and can't -- And we just allow that to go one as if that's good business for America and I think it's a crime.
It is criminal offense you are trying to help kids -- you have 12100 TH.
He knew or school to tell us what makes you -- school different well we have a longer school day we have a longer school year my school goals through the first week aboard the slow.
It kicks off failed him we think the adult simply can't stop at 3 o'clock and -- -- home.
And say everything's fine and take off from June and don't show back up until September even if young people we know off -- We take this as a crisis and we think you've got to do what -- what you need to do to make sure those kids are gonna be success consequently 90% of the kids who go to your school go to college -- we have that you know our school right now we have on the eleventh graders.
If you look at how these kids are doing -- -- regions we've got 90% or.
On their way to college but I guarantee you gonna get a 100% -- -- -- -- if you're in charge -- I guarantee it's gonna happen failure is simply not an option putting that appears to think this is Harlem Jeffrey.
This is Harlem you know who have those kind of stats everything you say in movie.
Education the pipeline to education should start at -- staying with these kids you stay with them when they're toddlers and you watch them all the way through -- graduate from college.
So look if you know that over the last fifty years.
Certain communities have -- just horrendous outcomes for children.
And those kids we know and it -- the garden behind on my belief is why wait are for the five years to let those kids get behind let's catch those kids up right from the -- In movie -- the documentary.
Really does job on unions.
And I know that you've been on the show before and you agree with the depiction of unions in this movie don't work.
Well it's you know and people are mad at me because -- I fundamentally believe if you cannot teach children.
You should be fired and people think our revolution -- hallmark product you believe the guy says that it's like we have been told that this is off the table right.
-- people that -- -- cannot teach should keep good jobs for life.
No matter how many children they destroyed during their career I think that's ridiculous and -- people get mad because I think they're gonna just be bad.
The work rules that prohibit us from keeping the best teachers in the classroom for America's children have to -- -- what you're somebody who is mad -- you.
And this is the woman who runs the union here's what she says the film -- several -- liars and starring roles bad teachers and teacher unions as the villains.
And charter schools as heroes ready to save the day that's Randi Weingarten American Federation of Teachers how do you like being called an -- -- Well you know -- -- to deal.
Our people are acting like all of this movie celebrating charter schools as if they're not public schools.
That's holding a public money to educate less money -- other -- they did last money that you did and other public schools to educate and look in the movie feds are most open this charter schools aren't living up to -- stand at the what you know what we can close down.
And we should close them but we can't stop innovation.
-- the ability to figure out what works have to go one in this country and then we have to scale it across America.
The guy who made this movie Davis Guggenheim here's what he said when he first saw you.
I was sitting at a panel in Toronto with Bill Gates when Jeffrey started talking.
Bill and I looked each other we shook our heads and we said this guy.
Is this singular best voice we have on education and how we're going to fix our schools.
That's a lot of responsibility for you to have on -- -- respect how do you take what you have done how do you take that Jeffrey.
And put that in all the -- public schools that need your help.
We'll look I'm understand -- -- mirror now chancellor.
They have called for clear reform.
In the state of new York and we're reformers of getting the tackle this issue we've got to come the gamba.
And support that effort we've got to get everyone in America that -- this is the most important issue.
And we've got to remove the barriers -- blocking reform what are in this -- what's gonna happen as a result of this documentary Jeffrey because.
Every American should see this number one.
But what do you think is going to happen well this is what we have to have happen.
We've got to create innovative solutions we -- you know what it -- wholesale 25 years and you -- wanna do exactly the same thing this year.
That they failed that for 25 gift that kind of crazy this past and we've got to go to the educated say it's our job to come up with innovation and we've got to fix that and look.
If that means we don't have to work longer than we have to -- angle we just can't let.
America's children down.
Well you -- -- Superman of this movie and you're the Superman of Harlem.
And you have saved a lot of lives there and hats off to you as well I think a lot of us care about this and it's a team effort and I think we're going into this.
Great to see you -- thank you just.
Jeffrey as you probably know this they say it's open up -- only Los Angeles and you're right they're averaging 35000.
Dollars per screening it's an all time documentary record already just to cities and four theaters can you imagine when this goes nationwide no kidding incredible -- and when things get better I'm gonna blame Canada.
Jeffrey thank you -- on -- all right straight ahead we.
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