Last week I went to see a screening of American Promise, a new documentary premiering next Monday, Feb. 3, on PBS. It was excellent. I highly recommend it.
The film follows two African American boys, Idriss and Seun, and their experiences attending The Dalton School, an elite independent school in New York City. Filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, parents of one of the boys, explore the American Dream, the achievement gap, and issues of race and class.
Here is the trailer:
Though Idriss and Seun come from middle-class backgrounds, in some ways, American Promise reminds me a little of Hoop Dreams. We get to see the boys grow up.
The film reminded me of the immense responsibility teachers and schools have — not just to educate our youth, but also to produce fair and equitable outcomes. It got me to want to teach again.
Update: You can watch a large part of the film (1:40) until March 6.
Please watch the film and then leave a comment with your thoughts!