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Student Life [electronic resource]

This video clip spotlights Burschentag (6/3/26, Eisenach, Germany), anti-Vietnam protests (5/9/68, Paris), and a beer-drinking competition (3/14/60, London).

199 Roads to School: Part 1

This film shows students what life is like for children around the world. Follow 8to 12year-olds on their journeys to school. Luniko is HIV positive like many of the children in his town, and he wishes his family could afford for him to take a bus to school. Jafer lives in Iraq, and someday wants to be a police officer so that he can help fight terrorism in his country. Rebekka is partially blind and has just recently started walking into town and maneuvering through public transportation on her own. Some deal with bullying while others struggle in poverty. Students describe morning routines, social lives, and concerns for the environment.
2015; 2014

199 Roads to School: Part 2

This film shows students what life is like for children around the world. Follow 8to 12year-olds on their journeys to school. Sanjana lives in a neighborhood that is dangerous for women and girls, and is afraid of the people she encounters on her walk to school. Yambuki makes her way through the busy streets of Tokyo with her best friend on their way to brass practice. Zacheo lives on a wildlife sanctuary and has breakfast with a skunk and baby monkey before leaving for school. Students describe morning routines, social lives, and concerns for the environment.
2015; 2014

Toy Soldiers

Death squads in a Central American revolutionary country surround captive students and threaten their lives when their government refuses to pay ransom for them. A student force becomes the "toy soldiers" determined to do what their government won't.
2002; 1983
Clemons (Stacks)


This episode looks at the special challenges faced by many Latina students through the stories of three remarkable young women. Just before her sophomore year of high school, Darlene Bustos became pregnant and began to miss classes and fall behind. Stephanie Alvarado lives with her family, who emigrated from El Salvador, on the south side of Chicago. Her school is under-resourced and the ever-present metal detectors make it feel more like a prison than a school. After her family became homeless, Chastity Salas coped as well as she could, but her strong sense of responsibility toward her family threatened to interfere with her education. Luckily, school staff recognized her problems and provided the support she needed to stay in school.Distributed by PBS Distribution.
2015; 2014


This episode profiles three young Latinos who have overcome enormous challenges, through the help of family, friends and community organizations, en route to completing their education. Eduardo Corona’s parents moved to San Diego from Mexico to ensure that their children would get a good education. But because both parents worked long hours, Eduardo and his siblings were often unsupervised and soon fell into a life of gangs and violence. Gustavo Madrigal of Griffin, Georgia started school in the U.S. in fifth grade, after being brought from Mexico by his undocumented parents. Juan Bernabe came to Lawrence, Massachusetts from the Dominican Republic with his mother at age 11. In his freshman year, he came out as gay.Distributed by PBS Distribution.
2015; 2014

The Culture of Poverty

Many Latino families are caught in the cycle of poverty: unemployment, poor education, and single-parent homes create a self-perpetuating cycle. The task of educating the child victims of this culture of poverty puts added strain on an already burdened school system. This program explores emerging strategies for meeting the needs of these children, and profiles an independent effort to keep kids off the street and instill in them a sense of pride. (26 minutes)
2015; 1991

199 Roads to School: Part 3 [electronic resource]

This film shows students what life is like for children around the world. Follow 11 and 12 year-olds on their journeys to school. Perla lives in Iceland near an active volcano, and sometimes has to wear a mask to school because of toxic gas or ash. Ignas from Lithuania loves his independence and tromping through the city. Valeria from Peru wishes her mom would let her walk to the bus alone. Some deal with bullying while others struggle with family separation. Students describe morning routines, social lives, and concerns for the environment.
2015; 2014

Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America

Reviews the struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the United States. Features the struggle of the Gay Straight Alliance at East High School in Salt Lake City.
2004; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)

Anti-Bias Lessons Help Preschoolers Hold Up a Mirror to Diversity

Some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age by introducing an anti-bias curriculum that teaches kids about diversity and inclusion. Against a backdrop of national divides over race, these educators use art projects and discussions to infuse a powerful message into the classroom. Special correspondent Cat Wise reports.
2018; 2017

Trigger Warning: Safe Spaces Are Dangerous : A Debate

Long hailed as bastions of intellectual freedom where ideas and opinions are openly exchanged, universities have recently come under attack by those who claim that a new generation of students and administrators are restricting speech in the name of inclusion and political correctness. At the heart of this debate is the question of "safe spaces"-places where students can be free of racist, sexist, or other derogatory speech. Such places, some argue, provide a refuge from bigotry and oppression by allowing students the opportunity to express themselves in an empathetic and civil environment. But others argue that, however well-intended, safe spaces threaten free speech and undermine the resilience of people who will face controversial issues in the larger world. Are safe spaces a legi [...]

Language and Discrimination: Beyond Political Correctness

This video lecture with Dr. Neil Thompson addresses problems inherent in the use of discriminatory language, discussing why political correctness is not necessarily the answer and examining the need for a much more sophisticated approach to tackling discriminatory forms of language.
2018; 2011

Time for School 2003 to 2016

Time for School: 2003 - 2016 puts a human face on an underreported global crisis, by spotlighting the journey of five extraordinary children in five countries as they struggle to get a basic education. Time for School introduces viewers to Nanavi in Benin; Jefferson in Brazil; Neeraj in India; Joab in Kenya; and Shugufa in Afghanistan on their first days of school and follows them from for the next 12 years. Told primarily through the point of view of the children and their families, Time for School presents the contrasting lives of those who were forced to abandon schooling and those who are still following their dreams. It tells a gripping story of what's at stake when war, abject poverty, or just being a girl stands between a child and the simple promise of a basic education.
2018; 2016