More than 150 Sidwell Friends faculty, staff, trustees, and their friends and spouses participated in a special SFS screening of Waiting for Superman at the Bethesda Row Cinema on Sunday evening, October 23. Here is a report from Head of School Tom Farquhar:
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ’82 has created another blockbuster [his first was An Inconvenient Truth, with Al Gore] that has the potential to be a game-changer in the national dialogue about urban public education. Eric Adler ’82 led the follow-up discussion that enriched our encounter with the challenging themes addressed in the film. Eric is the co-founder of the SEED Foundation and the SEED Schools, which played an important role in the film.
To mark the occasion, Davis sent a brief animated celebration of teaching and teachers that Bethesda Row Cinema kindly projected for us immediately prior to the feature presentation. He singled out one particular individual, his SFS history teacher Harvey LeSure, who passed away in 1998. It was only a couple of minutes long, but the sentiments were priceless!