No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront The Achievement Gap
Airs Friday, June 3, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Credit: Courtesy of the Kettering Foundation
"No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront The Achievement Gap" tells the story of seven communities around the country that realized that their minority and low-income children were falling significantly behind their white and affluent counterparts in school. So each community came together to talk about the "Achievement Gap" as they saw it.
From those conversations, community members began to think about what they could do on their own, as a community, without waiting for a state or federal agency to provide funding to close the gap.
The film captures the amazing results that sprang from those conversations with vivid images and community members' own words. Where other recent documentaries on education reform have encouraged the public to demand change, "No Textbook Answer" tells the story of communities that decided to be the change they'd been waiting for.
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