TEACHED VOL. I
Our first three short films examine the causes and consequences of America's race-based educational opportunity gap. Demeaned, expelled, suspended....TEACHED. What must be done to ensure every child achieves his or her potential?
THE PATH TO PRISON
The United States now bears the ominous title as the planet’s most prolific jailer: with only 5% of the population, we represent 25% of the world’s incarcerated. The vast majority of our inmates are illiterate, and an inordinate number are people of color. One young man’s story helps explain how so many capable and intelligent youth, especially African-American males, end up behind bars in "the land of the free." (8 min.)
THE BLAME GAME
The discourse around education reform—especially on issues involving teachers—lacks nuance, thoughtfulness and, often, commonsense. Simplistic “pro-“ and “anti-“ teacher rhetoric is distracting from efforts to improve teacher quality, especially in schools serving urban, minority children. What do teachers themselves say about the profession and whether it is serving students’ needs...not to mention their own? (18 min.)
Charter school founders are pioneers of public education reform, staking their claim in the K-12 education landscape by founding new schools in many historically underserved communities. But twenty years after the first charter school opened its doors, many Americans are still confused by what these independently-operated, publicly-funded schools are, and question why they are not all performing well. Was the charter formula wrong? What can the best charter school leaders teach the rest? (16 min.)