Quality of So-Called “Education” Journalism Actually Low
As true for reporting higher ed as it is for K12 and not just in mainstream media
Shot in classic cinema verité style, the film captures the complex realities of life at Douglass, and provides a context for the national debate over the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, focusing on the brutal inequalities of American minority education, considered an American tragedy by many.
Although many scenes are powerful, one in particular remains disturbingly relevant in 2015: The camera captures with a voice-over students taking the standardized test that is being field-tested for students (no stakes), but will be high-stakes for the school and teachers; many of the students are shown with their heads down, essentially making no effort on the test.
Hard Times ends by noting that the administration has been replaced and Douglass High (Baltimore…
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