Episode 3 contrasts five communities. The stark demographic differences between the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, the North Center neighborhood, the city of Dolton, the Humboldt Park neighborhood, and the Wilmette suburb become apparent through the five students’ home lives and the concerns of their parents.Competition for positions at selective enrollment high schools is steep. More than 16,800 eighth graders applied for 3,200 freshman spots available for the 2014-15 school year.
180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School
Sun, 09/28/2014 - 8:00pm
Students featured in this film include Raven Coston, a 17-year-old who left New Orleans with her mother following Katrina and is trying to get through school while raising a baby and working part-time; Delauntte Bennet, an 18-year-old sophomore who has been kicked out of numerous schools for getting into fights; Raven Quattlebaum, an 18-year-old who used to spend her days robbing and assaulting people, but is now determined to turn her life around and go to college; Rufus McDowney, 16, who has been in and out of the juvenile justice system since the age of 13; and Tiara Parker, 17, who has good grades but may not be able to afford college.
An issue that plagues DC Met, and is a leading indicator for dropping out, is chronic absenteeism. In 2010, nearly 50% of students from DC Met missed 15 or more days of school. Throughout the film, faculty members scour roll call reports to see who is showing up for homeroom. The basketball coach reminds his team that if they do not show up to school they cannot stay on the team—to which one of the players responds by walking out of the gym as cameras roll. Adding urgency to the problem, an audit two months into the school year gauges how many of the registered students are actually in school, in order to determine the budget for the following year.
Sat, 09/27/2014 - 1:00pm
FACING FORWARD: A STUDENT'S STORY journeys inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts. By connecting with Tyree, as well as with his teachers and family, viewers learn about the complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education. FACING FORWARD: A STUDENT'S STORY raises questions that contribute to an important national discussion, including: What roles do students, parents and the community need to play to partner in this future-focused effort? And, how can students living in chaos pursue their goals and overcome the complexity of their young lives?
Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:00pm
GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown. (More information HERE)
On May 8, 2012, 50 directors and their small camera crews followed 50 individuals who attend, support and work in the Pasadena Unified School District, a racially and economically diverse district with 28 public school campuses. Administrators, teachers, students, support staff and volunteers lead us on journeys that reveal their unique contributions in making a public school district function. No voice-over narratives or expert commentaries, just an authentic window into the world of public education. GO PUBLIC is an important film because there is a national crisis of confidence surrounding public education. This film gives audiences a chance to see and hear the people actually living the public school experience.
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:00pm
Called a "must-see movie" by The New York Times, Race to Nowhere exposes a silent epidemic plaguing America's schools. The one-hour documentary features the heartbreaking stories of students pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, and shines a light on the price that achievement-obsessed kids pay for this "race to nowhere." Mother-turned-filmmaker Vicki Abeles chronicles her own family's intense schedule, taking viewers on an intimate journey into the center of the daily struggle to balance academic commitments and cultural expectations with healthy personal needs. From nights doing homework at the dinner table, to the desks of education and child psychology experts, Race to Nowhere explores whether the current education system properly prepares students to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively.
Dropping Back In
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:00pm
#101 Second Chances
High school dropouts, educators, and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough, and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances. Two former dropouts, Kellie Blair Hardt, homeless as a child, now an award-winning teacher, and Hasan Davis, former commissioner of juvenile justice for the state of Kentucky, tell their stories.
More information HERE
Tue, 09/23/2014 - 5:00pm
Produced by NHK, Japan’s leading public broadcaster, NEWSLINE is "Your Eye on Asia." The series provides news and breaking news from around the world, including coverage of the latest in politics, business, technology and culture in Asia. Regular reports from Beijing, Seoul, Bangkok and Tokyo offer different perspectives on events in the region. NEWSLINE's alternating anchors include seasoned NHK reporters Shery Ahn, Yuko Aotani, Catherine Kobayashi, Gene Otani, Ross Mihara and Ron Madison.
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 8:00pm
This special gives space and breadth to our nation’s education reform debate by giving the audience a first-hand view of what happens in a school that meets the needs of the most challenged students in new and sometimes non-traditional ways. Observe a tireless team of teachers and school leaders dealing with the usual antics of teenagers and the changing tides of a fast-moving administration that is responding to pressures from outside partners, politicians and forces in the community. A surprising and dramatic end to the school year sheds light on both the extraordinary challenges and opportunities today’s public schools face.
Central Standard: On Education
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:00pm
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Episode 1 introduces five 8th graders. Hear Robert’s, Emma’s, Natalia’s, Gina’s, and Kyle’s hopes and concerns, see what they do for fun, and how they feel about school. The drama builds as the highly competitive process of getting into one of Chicago’s top high schools is introduced.
CENTRAL STANDARD: On Education follows five kids, in five neighborhoods across Chicago, as they prepare for high school. For nine months, we went to school with them, did homework with them, and listened to them.
The goal: to show the different paths kids travel, and the challenges they face, in an increasingly fragmented public school system. We wanted to cut through the policy conflicts that dominate the headlines, and instead show the real-world impact our education system has on kids and their families.
Their stories can help us gain insights into our public education system – and to answer the questions: What is standard? What is possible?
More on the series HERE
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 8:30pm
The McLaughlin Group is a weekly public affairs programwhere a group of five pundits discuss current political issues in a round table format. It has been broadcast since 1982, and is currently sponsored by MetLife. Previous underwriters included: Pfizer, the New York Stock Exchange, and GE (the longest-serving).
The general format for the show consists of moderator John McLaughlin along with four commentators— usually Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Mort Zuckerman, and a guest commentator.