The New Public (2014)




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In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O'Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O'Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional approach and ambitious mission: Create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that also emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when untested idealism was challenged by long-standing realities far bigger than school. (c) Official Site

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Emotionally involving doc captures the highs and lows of an idealistic schooling experiment.

Jan 31, 2014 | Full Review…

[A] remarkably engaging and complex documentary.

Jan 31, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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