[act-ma] 2/26 IT&L Presents: Precious Knowledge Film Screening, February 26, 2015

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Feb 20 09:16:53 PST 2015

*Posted by request of a friend, any questions please contact Sabrina at 
address below.*

/The Innovative Teaching and Learning Series Presents: /

*Precious Knowledge Film Screening*

*Thursday February 26^th *

*4:00- 6:00 pm*


Bunker Hill Community College

250 New Rutherford Ave

Boston, MA

Join us for a film screening of the documentary /Precious Knowledge 
/followed by a discussion on Culturally Responsive Pedagogies.  For more 
information about the film, please see a link to the trailer and a brief 
overview below.

Please RSVP to Sabrina Germain at sg193298 at bhcc.mass.edu 
<mailto:sg193298 at bhcc.mass.edu>.

We hope to see many of you there!

Liya & The Learning Community Think Tank

  see website for poster

*Film Trailer*




The documentary /Precious Knowledge/ interweaves the stories of students 
in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. While 48 
percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, 
Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program has become a national 
model of educational success, with on average, 93% percent of enrolled 
students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend 
college.  The filmmakers spent an entire year in the classroom filming 
this innovative social justice curriculum, documenting the 
transformative impact on students who become engaged, informed, and 
active in their communities.

/Precious Knowledge/ is timely as the nation turns its focus toward a 
wave of anti-immigration legislation in Arizona, with other states 
planning to follow suit.  Along with their harsh anti-immigrant stance, 
Arizona lawmakers recently passed a bill giving unilateral power to the 
State Superintendent to abolish Ethnic Studies classes. /Precious 
Knowledge/ provides an insider’s perspective to a historic battle over 
civil rights as the student leaders in Tucson High fight to save their 
classes. The students are able to mobilize rapidly with texting, 
facebooking, optimism, and a megaphone.

Mounting a public relations campaign to discredit the passionate 
students, lawmakers and politicians express concerned that Paulo 
Freire’s textbook, /The Pedagogy of the Oppressed/ teaches victimization 
and sedition, and they ask that the classroom's Che Guevara posters be 
replaced with portraits of founding father Benjamin Franklin. Meanwhile, 
the students answer back by fighting for what they believe is the future 
of public education for the entire nation, especially as the Latino 
demographic continues to grow. /Precious Knowledge/ dramatically 
illustrates what motivates high school teachers and students to form the 
front line of an epic civil rights battle.



Liya N. Escalera

Director of Learning Communities

Bunker Hill Community College

250 New Rutherford Ave

Boston, MA 02129

lescaler at bhcc.mass.edu <mailto:lescaler at bhcc.mass.edu>


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