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Left Behind: The Story of the New Orleans Public Schools (2008)

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Our core story follows three students from August 2004 to June 2005. From the state-mandated LEAP test to Mardi Gras marching bands. From birthdays to basketball practice. From family ... See full summary »

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Our core story follows three students from August 2004 to June 2005. From the state-mandated LEAP test to Mardi Gras marching bands. From birthdays to basketball practice. From family functions to random shootings to school riots. We see New Orleans and the New Orleans public schools in their entirety. We hear our protagonist's hopes and dreams and aspirations as we pan the "mean streets" that surround them. The visuals are enough to make us feel uneasy . . . to make us fear the fate that awaits them. "What happens to us all when a dream is deferred?" Yet there is also a feeling of hope, the hope of the young, as infectious as it is potentially heart-breaking. We hope for Mario, Jonathan and Joshua . . . and, in doing so, we hope for ourselves. As the film unfolds, we are confronted with the various problems that contribute to the current state of affairs in the school system. Race, violence, poverty, dysfunctional families, politics -- and we begin to form the question: How did we ... Written by Vincent Morelli

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very strong effort you should watch it'
2 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel this is a very well made documentary. It really looks at this problem from many different angles and seems to contain less of the obvious liberal bias that most of these sorts of things do. Although, I'm sure you liberals will find plenty to enjoy as well. It really presents an intriguing question, why is it that this school district is among the most well funded in the world, yet students can't take their books home? Further, it presents an interesting scenario where a student is transported to Oregon and greeted with a kind of adulation, yet doesn't seem to enjoy it, rather preferring to return to an area that many would view as unpleasant to say the least.

Overall, I would recommend one views this movie or that its be shown on cable TV or something. the narration is strong, as is the writing and the 3 students followed are quite charismatic.


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