Eye on Education

NPR: ‘American Promise’ Probes Race Issue In NYC Private School

Sometimes school choice means choosing to place a child in an environment outside his comfort zone. The documentary “American Promise” chronicles the experiences of two young black boys who attended The Dalton School, a rigorous, predominantly white private school in New York. The two walk away from the campus–one as a six grader, the other a high school graduate–with a valuable lesson about portraying and cherishing their own racial identity. The parents also learn an important lesson about engineering the perfect academic experience for their sons. The film airs tonight on PBS.

Monday evening, PBS will air “American Promise,” a documentary that traces the lives of two African-American students for 13 years. They both enroll as kindergarteners at The Dalton School, an elite private day school in New York City that says it’s making a commitment to diversity.

Read more at: www.npr.org

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