About This Collection
WORLD presents a week of education-themed docs drawing attention to challenges facing students and teachers when the U.S. high school dropout rate has increased alarmingly. Inspired by the American Graduation initiative, the films also focus on reform and special education. Anchoring A.G. Week are WORLD broadcast-exclusives - America ReFramed's "The Medicine Game" and "The New Public."
Episodes In This Collection
The March @50: Part 3 - STILL SEGREGATED
Shukree Tilghman meets with Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. They explore how American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic and, often, socio-economic lines. Shukree explores this backward momentum with a trip to St. Louis to examine a controversial Missouri Supreme Court decision.
Frontline: Dropout Nation
Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas - an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. FRONTLINE takes you inside a former "dropout factory" in Houston, Texas, for an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily struggle to get them to graduation.
Is School Enough?
From filmmaker Stephen Brown, Is School Enough? documents four vivid stories of students employing technology as part of new modes of learning and engagement that are taking hold and flourishing. An examination of self-directed education, the film shows how schools can empower students to reach beyond the classroom to learn from what they care about most.
Frontline: Fast Times at West Philly High
Students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution.
The Game Changers
The Game Changers tells of the first-ever class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows from their selection through their preparation and into the classroom. Follow the Fellows as they embark on careers that will change the lives of thousands of students in Indiana’s high-need urban and rural schools in a bold initiative designed to transform American classrooms.
The Medicine Game
The remarkable journey of two brothers from the Onondaga Nation driven by a single goal - to beat the odds and play lacrosse for Syracuse University. Facing daunting obstacles and crumbling dreams, they turn to family and their Native teachings for guidance and stability. Over six years, The Medicine Game follows their coming of age story to one of a study of modern Native American life.
Outside the Box
Charter schools — free public schools funded by tax dollars — first opened in the United States 20 years ago in large response to low graduation rates and the failure to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. The documentary Outside the Box provides insight into the operation and financial challenges of charter schools as well as their effectiveness.
Schools That Change Communities
Schools usually evoke images of a place, separated from the community, where students go to learn. Yet, a few public schools in the U.S. are using neighborhoods as classrooms - creating a different type of learning environment and student. Schools That Change Communities focuses on schools that have the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.
P.O.V. : Best Kept Secret
At a Newark, N.J. public school, the staff answers the phone saying, "You've reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark's best-kept secret." In Best Kept Secret, Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young severely autistic minority men, is on a mission to help them find the means to support themselves before they "age out" of the system.
Our Time Is Now
A coming-of-age documentary following six New Mexico teenagers as they strive to finish high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams.
180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School
Following the day-to-day stories of students, parents, teachers and staff at the Washington Metropolitan High School (also known as DC Met), 180 Days: Inside An American High School, is a portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students each and every day.
Tavis Smiley Reports: Education Under Arrest
"Education Under Arrest," the second in a series of education specials from Tavis Smiley Reports, looks at the connection between the juvenile justice system and the dropout rate among American teens and the efforts by educators, law enforcement professionals, judges, youth advocates and the at-risk teens themselves to end this link.
The New Public
Over the course of the founding year, and then the senior year of the first graduating class, The New Public follows the lives of the educators and students of Bed Stuy’s new Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. The film captures the complexities, frustrations and personal dramas that put public education at the center of national debate.