Superman: Rhetoric and Guggenheim Essay

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The movie Waiting for “Superman” is conducted in an effective and efficient manner which gave supported facts throughout the film. This documentary follows Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily who are all from different families, in different areas, and shows what they must go through in hopes for a better education. In addition to following each child, the viewer will see how some kids must got through what’s called “The lottery” in order to be admitted into a school of higher education. The director of the film, Davis Guggenheim, argues that America’s schools are in desperate need of attention in order to improve our education system. Guggenheim supports this with the use of logos, ethos, pathos, and visual rhetoric throughout the film. Guggenheim uses logos in conjunction with juxtaposition to provide a fine argument over the fact that America’s public school system is significantly failing in numerous areas. Guggenheim supports this argument with numerous statistics throughout the film. One statistic given is “when students in America were tested in reading, most scored between 20-35% of grade level” (Guggenheim). With that stat alone, Guggenheim really puts into perspective how bad students are lacking general proficiencies in school. Another given fact is the amount the United Sates spends to send a someone to prison for 4 years, vs a student to private school for 13 years. “The cost for one prisoner is approximately $33,000 per year, and average sentence