Flaherty Shared Views on Injustice and Education

Micheal Flaherty

Woodstock, CT—On Tuesday, May 3, Hyde School hosted Micheal Flaherty, producer of Waiting for Superman, as a guest speaker during a community meeting.

Flaherty spoke to Hyde School students about the inspiration for Walden Media’s new film, Waiting for Superman. Using the issues of injustice in public education as a lens, Flaherty emphasized the importance of developing and nurturing curiosity in children.

“If we made movies based on books, then we can get kids excited about the book and then get them to go back and read the book,” shared Flaherty. “That’s the idea behind our movies—to get kids excited about education and to begin to ask the big questions.”

Flaherty highlighted the importance of having an open mind and of asking questions as a way to get past the injustices facing many kids and young adults.

“To really see the world through new eyes, to really see people, and not to just go by your external behaviors is key. John Newton helped to teach us this through his transformation from being a slave trader to becoming one of the leading abolitionists and the author of ‘Amazing Grace.’ It is never too late to be the person you are meant to be.”

Flaherty, a Tufts graduate and Massachusetts native, is the co-founder and president of Walden Media, a Boston-based movie production company that is behind a number of films, including Waiting for Superman, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Bridge to Terabitihia.

Flaherty is also known for his work as a speech writer for Senator Billy Bulger and for his involvement in Massachusetts education reform. He helped co-found a charter school in Boston, the Frederick Douglass School, that is no longer in operation. Currently he serves on the board of Rachel’s Challenge and as a member of the Global Advisory Council of Vision360.

For more information about guest speaker Micheal Flaherty and other Hyde School events, contact Laura Michaels at lmichaels@hyde.edu, call 860-963-4763, or visit Hyde.edu.