Jun 20 2008

Hard Times at Douglas High – HBO to Air Documentary

Published by at 10:20 pm under Resources

This should be interesting…

HBO Documentary Films Presents HARD TIMES AT DOUGLASS HIGH: A No Child Left Behind Report Card
Premiering Monday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The No Child Left Behind Act was created to boost academic levels of American schoolchildren by setting standardized goals across the nation – and holding states, districts and schools accountable for performance. For urban schools in high-poverty areas, reaching these goals has proven to be a daunting task, and many now face the real possibility of being taken over by the state – or being shut down altogether.

Produced and directed by Oscar-winners Alan and Susan Raymond, Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card reveals troubles and triumphs in the classrooms, hallways and offices of Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD – from the celebrations of drum lines and debate teams to the worries of faculty who know that 50% of their freshman will not return for their sophomore year. This immersive documentary cautions that education is inevitably an achievement of people, not policy.

Check out sneak peek clips of “Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card” on Dailymotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/HBOclips

Don’t miss this sobering evaluation of America’s educational crisis when Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card premieres this Monday, June 23 at 9 p.m. – only on HBO!

Thanks for the heads-up Cristin


2 Comments to “Hard Times at Douglas High – HBO to Air Documentary”

  1. Glenon 28 Jun 2008 at 8:48 pm

    This was an excellent documentary. Some takeaways:

    - On parent-teacher night they have about 5% of parents/guardians show up.

    - Some students are allowed to hang out in the halls rather than go into class.

    - There aren’t enough textbooks for the students.

    - Some students graduate reading and writing at a 6th grade level.

    - You have to have tremendous respect for the students who do excel in such a tough environment – where learning is secondary to discipline and “babysitting” unruly students.

    - How does a camera crew not intervene while watching a boy beat up 5 girls?

  2. Kimon 10 Jul 2008 at 4:38 pm

    It’s an extremely somber. You can’t help but wonder what can you do.

    Has anyone heard of this organization, Higher Achievement? I’ve met some people who have gone through it in DC and I heard that they are trying to open an office in Baltimore.

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