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Teach Us All

A Film By Sonia Lowman

80 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 6 - Adult
Item #:TUA-1130

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K-12 Schools and Public Libraries - $125
Colleges, Businesses, Other Institutions - $350*
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Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced mobs of racially charged hatred and became cornerstones of the Civil Rights movement, Teach Us All examines how the present day United States education system fails to live up to that promise of desegregation as it slides back into a re-segregation of its modern schools.

Due to storied histories of discriminatory housing practices which enforced segregation, case studies of the public schools in Little Rock, New York City, and Los Angeles present microcosms of the inequities and challenges manifesting in classrooms across America. Educator turnover rates become such that some schools just have to depend on warm bodies. Applying to a high school in a better neighborhood becomes more competitive than applying for an Ivy League university. The labyrinthine admissions process leaves working-class and minority parents out in the cold, and students believe their high schools are just pipelines into the prison system.

The film weaves together interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, archival images, and news footage to ask: How far have we really come in 60 years and where do we go from here?

FEATURED IN THE FILM
  • Elizabeth Eckford, Little Rock Nine
  • Terrence Roberts, Little Rock Nine
  • Sylvia Mendez, Civil Rights Activist

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "Teach Us All is organized around three central themes: the critical role of teachers in shaping the lives of young people; the urgent need for community engagement to ensure the success of schools; and the power of students themselves, who must now take up the mantle from the Little Rock Nine and fight for the quality, equitable educational system they deserve and that has yet to be realized. But ultimately, this affects all of us, and can only be solved in collaboration."
-Sonia Lowman
Teach Us All

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