THE NEW PUBLIC

  1. In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and educator turned first-time principal James O’Brien opened a 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 staff of eight undertook a new and unconventional approach––emphasizing strong individual support and inquiry-based instruction with a focus on arts and media. Initially, the buzz from the community was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when old realities surfaced. Filmed over four years, The New Public follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality and make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

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  2. Parents in BCAM's Parent Teacher Association react to the news that their children will have to pass through police scanning - every day - in order to go to school.

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  3. The New Public won best doc at the Reel independent Film Extravaganza Festival in Washington D.C. this October, 2013. This is an excerpt of the post screening response from a group of young people that came to the screening from Covenant House, D.C.

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  4. In November we had an inspiring screening and informative discussion between current BCAM high school seniors, NYU education students (prospective teachers) and working NYC public school teachers. Panel: Michael Dumas, Prof. NYU Steinhardt school of Ed, John Dargan, BCAM student in film, Kevin Greer, BCAM teacher in film. Here's a short sample of that discussion.

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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.
    Over four years, this heartfelt verité film follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps.
    Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.

    " The New Public is an unwitting primer on how to teach disadvantaged students...As the country continues to struggle with education reform, it seems obvious that education schools need to change, so that prospective teachers walk into their first classroom knowing how to teach. Maybe "The New Public" can help bring about that change." - Joe Nocera, New York Times

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