Education


Charter Schools Are Overrated: A Debate 97 min.

Since 1991, when Minnesota passed the first charter school law, companies and individuals have established private schools using public funds. These private charter schools caught on across the country and have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education, particularly for underserved students in urban areas. From 2004 to 2014 alone, charter school enrollment increased...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Unraveling Zero Tolerance 12 min.

Over the last 30 years, schools across the country have enacted tough new discipline policies. Some of those schools say they went too far.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Reclaiming Hope 15: Dr. Fredrick J. Streets 22 min.

Dr. Frederick J Streets discusses his hopes for the United States after September 11th, 2001. Agreeing to be re-interviewed in 2016, the former chaplain of Yale University explains how the country has changed in the past 15 years and addressing lingering concerns. Topics include: anxiety, resillence, tolerance, patience, and hatred.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Communities as Classrooms 29 min.

This program follows producer Bob Gliner as he introduces an educational experiment in participatory democracy at four schools in El Salvador that can serve as a model here in the U.S. --- where viewers see students become actively engaged in solving problems in their own communities, not as an extra-curricular activity, but as part of learning math, language, writing and other basic educational s...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus: A Debate 91 min.

Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. College students are speaking out against racism, bigotry, and offensive language, which, they claim, fosters an unwelcoming, sometimes hostile, learning environment. Opponents, however, charge that their demands have gone too far, creating an atmosphere of intolerance that limits intellectual discourse and silences unpopular points...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

180 Days: Hartsville 120 min.

In 180 Days: Hartsville viewers will experience a year in the life of one Southern town's efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform - bureaucracy, economic opportunity, and fixed mindsets - interact and intersect. Is Hartsville an anomaly, or do its successes point towards some tra...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

180 Days: Hartsville: Part 1 54 min.

In 180 Days: Hartsville, viewers will experience a year in the life of one Southern town's efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform - bureaucracy, economic opportunity, and fixed mindsets - interact and intersect.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

180 Days: Hartsville: Part 2 53 min.

In 180 Days: Hartsville, viewers will experience a year in the life of one Southern town's efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform - bureaucracy, economic opportunity, and fixed mindsets - interact and intersect.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2015

College Students Should Be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs: A Debate 87 min.

If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? By helping to stay focused and alert for longer periods of time, college students are increasingly using off-label medication known as “smart drugs”—pharmaceuticals designed to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and Alzheimer’s. Is taking smart drugs appropriate, or...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Equal Protection Clause Forbids Racial Preferences in State University Admissions: A Debate 102 min.

The equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that "No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Yet many state universities give preferences to members of certain races and groups when deciding whom to admit. In Regents of the University of California v. Bakke in 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court approved suc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015