This documentary chronicles 13 years in the life of two African-American boys as their parents make a critical decision faced by many U.S. parents: What is the best educational setting for my child’s academic and social well-being?
In an earlier blog, we shared professional development that supports the message of American Promise and helps educators facilitate discussions about equitable teaching, particularly when engaging African-American male students.
These professional development materials raise important questions about what we are doing as educators to ensure we fulfill the promise to provide equitable, high-quality education for all students. Featuring film clips from American Promise, each professional development module walks educators through one of four critical topics: identity in the classroom, student assimilation, how education measures achievement and education as a system. These modules also discuss how all of these topics impact black male achievement in the United States.
This unique film and its accompanying resources document and address multiple issues surrounding black male achievement and private vs. public education, and they acknowledge the complexity of America’s struggle with race, class and opportunity.
We encourage you to schedule a viewing with colleagues and to share the professional development.
The American Promise team and POV are stepping beyond the film to help educators keep the promise. The companion site contains excerpts from the book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, by Joe Brewster and Michѐle Stephenson with Hilary Beard; interviews with the filmmakers; and, guides for bringing the film into your classroom. Additional short documentaries on black male achievement are available through POV and Storyhunter.
Teaching Tolerance supports the use of American Promise and the accompanying resources to help inform necessary conversations about race and education.
If you missed last night’s PBS/POV broadcast premiere, you can watch it online through March 5, 2014.
Wicht is the senior manager of teaching and learning for Teaching Tolerance.
- American Promise
- Promises to Black Boys—Kept and Broken
- What We’re Watching
- National Premiere of ‘Kumu Hina’
- What We're Watching
- Staff Picks: What We're Watching
- Freedom Wasn’t Free in ’64—and It Isn’t Free Now
- Lessons Learned
- America by the Numbers
- Fulfilling the American Promise: Classroom Identities