Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hard Times At Douglass High

Hard Times at Douglass High: A report card on the no child left behind Act, was a pretty hard hitting look at the state (of emergency) of Americn inner-city schools.

There were a number of challenging aspects of the documentary raning from the social promotion of students who were 4-5 grade levels behind, to teachers who were being evaluated on the performance of students who were clearly ill prepared ofr their current grade levels, the shocking high percentage of non-certified teachers and the overall lack of resources.

I hope everyone gets a chance to see this documentary, whether it's on HBO, Netflix or renting the movie. This is an important documentary to watch not just for the sake of Baltimore City's future but for most of American's inner-city schools. Presently that future looks bleak, inner city students who do graduate are coming into the work world ill-prepared and as stated in a previous post on this blog, many of the students do not even make it to graduation. If we as a society do not act to correct this problem soon, planners will soon be planning cities for a permanant underclass that will be isolated from the mainstream.

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