Closing the G-A-P: Race-based Educational Achie...
About This Collection
According to The Nation's Report Card: Trends in Academic Progress 2012 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the achievement gap is narrowing. Yet it is not happening fast enough, especially with increasing economic inequality in the U.S.
In February amid celebrating African American Heritage Month, WORLD Channel spotlights the developments underfoot in advancing education in America; the evolving race to rebuild the secondary school system and the work to close the gap in race-based achievement. With these racial (as well as socioeconomic) gaps, it is not always a question of change to our institutional system but also of our cultural and social systems. From stories of struggles and triumphs for Latino and Latina immigrants in the classroom to the differences that exist in educating young black males, WORLD Channel highlights fascinating stories exploring educational achievement in minority communities. Special programming will include P.O.V.’s American Promise, and the premiere of an all-new episode of America ReFramed to be followed by a conversation with special guests.
Episodes In This Collection
Closing the G-A-P: Shorts
Two shorts, two stories of education. Follow eighth grade students in the Middle School Partners Program in Texas from dropping out to staying in, and then examine re-segregation with Shukree Tilghman in St. Louis.
The New Public
The New Public follows the lives of the educators and students of Bed Stuy’s brand-new Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, from the founding year to the senior year of its first graduating class. The film captures the complexities, frustrations and personal dramas that put public education at the center of a national debate.
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.
POV: American Promise
A rare look into the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate the ups and down of parenting and educating their sons. The documentary 13 years in the making finds the greatest challenge for the families is to close the black male educational achievement gap, which has been called "the civil rights crusade of the 21st century."
The Prep School Negro
Filmmaker André Robert Lee grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia, where his mother struggled to support him and his sister. Receiving a full scholarship at the age of 14 to attend a prestigious prep school for an elite education was André's way up and out...but at what price to him and his family?