One of the biggest concerns in education today is how to deal with the staggering high school dropout rate in America – one in four teenagers will not finish high school. This issue has become prominent lately, as legislators at the national and state level attempt to write education reform. And, we are reminded that it is ultimately up to us, not only as a nation, but as educators, parents, businesses, schools, etc., to get our education system back on track. American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen (supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) is a public media project that hopes to increase graduation rates through cooperative initiatives with public broadcasting stations across the country, helping local communities create and execute solutions to significantly reduce the number of teenagers leaving high school early.
As part of the American Graduate project, WFSU will be hosting a free screening of the brand new PBS documentary, 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, at the Challenger Learning Center on Thursday, March 7th, with a discussion afterwards. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss what we can do as a community to address the dropout rate.
The documentary allows viewers to experience a year in the lives of students and staff at Washington Metropolitan High School in Washington, D.C. and to see some of the challenges the students face in graduating from high school.
WFSU’s screening will take place at the Challenger Learning Center, 200 S. Duval Street, with a reception at 6:00, screening at 6:30 and discussion at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit wfsu.org/180days.