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NYC Premiere Draws Attention

“Waiting for Superman” premiered this week in New York City, drawing attention from all sectors including activists and celebrities.

Singer/songwriter John Legend attended the premiere and noted, “I was really inspired by the film. I’ve already been paying attention to what’s been going on with education reform. I think it’s such an important issue right now for the future of this country.”

Watch the entire coverage from NYPOST.com below.

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Take Action

“Waiting for Superman” demonstrates the importance of education reform in our country. If you are feeling inspired by the film there are ways you can help starting with writing to your governor. “Waiting for Superman” is working towards writing 250,000 letters nationwide to legislators pleading for help, showing the importance of education in our country. A sample letter from “Waiting for Superman” is as follows:

Dear Gubernatorial Candidate

Too many of our high school students are not prepared for either college or for the jobs of the 21st century. We need clear, consistent, and high education standards that will prepare all students in our state and across the country for a 21st century economy.

I urge you to take the Candidate’s Pledge to support the implementation of rigorous world-class standards, such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and to support other policies that will fully realize these standards for every one of our school children.

Candidate’s Pledge on Common Core Standards:
In today’s world, we must adequately prepare our students for life beyond high school. Our students will be leaving our schools and competing for jobs not just with students from other states but with graduates from other countries. The best way to accelerate our state’s economic recovery is to invest in today’s students – who will be tomorrow’s workers.

Therefore, I hereby pledge that if elected as Governor to support the adoption in my state of the high-quality and consistent Common Core Standards. I further pledge that if elected, I will do everything possible for a timely and full implementation of these world-class standards, including a plan that insures that these standards reach every classroom. I will fully support policies that make these standards meaningful and applicable to every student.

It is in the interest of our children, our state and our nation to better prepare our students for life beyond high school. Clear, consistent, and high quality standards will help restore America to be the world’s leader in innovation and productivity.

Click here for more information to start your own letter writing campaign.

Join the Fight

Even more than writing letters to your government, join your local education reform movement. Across the country groups are meeting to spread awareness about the lack of education in poverty-stricken areas. Join the fight by visiting this website to see how you can take part in the movement reshaping America’s education system.

Waiting for Superman

Yesterday, Oprah dedicated the entire hour to one movie.  A movie that Oprah, Davis Guggenheim (the director), Bill Gates and many others are hoping will, “revolutionize America’s schools.”

I first heard of “Waiting for Superman” on Twitter,  I watched the same trailer was just moved to tears. How could this be going on in our country? Will it be any better when I send my little girl to school in 5 years?

I had to do something. It just so happens that I have a great tool to help take a stand.  I own a an early childhood education entertainment business.  At Sara Hickman’s Top Secret Science we go to schools and perform entertaining and educational math and science events.  After watching the trailer for “Waiting for Superman” it hit me.  I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and there are plenty of low income schools right here in my area. I am going to take my events to these schools.

I sat down with my leadership team and we made a game plan.  “Early Risers” have a goal to get the children excited about learning math and science and get it started early.  By reaching our goal we hope to remind the teachers how fun teaching and learning can be.  When children are having fun while learning it is a win/win for everyone involved.

Next, what are we going to do.  Low income schools will receive 3 events per year for children PreK to 2nd Grade. The teachers will also receive follow up activities for after “Early Risers” leaves.  The schools pay nothing for these services.

For more information on Early Risers go to www.sarahickmanstopsecretscience.com

Stay tuned for more about the movement.  If you want to read about Waiting for Superman, Monday’s Oprah episode or Bill Gates opinions on the topic click on the links below.

Waiting for Superman

Oprah

Bill Gates