The Education Revolution: Unconscious Bias
In this animated, live-action film, a young boy of color navigates bias in the classroom and its impact on his future. The film also includes the voices of children sharing their experiences, at school and at home, as they grow older.
Boy: Hi, mom, it's me.
I got in trouble again at school today.
Jones: Hi, this is Miss Jones again.
I'm finding your son very disruptive in class,
more so than other students.
Boy: I feel like the teacher doesn't like me.
Other kids do bad things, but they don't get in trouble.
Jones: He's defiant and shows a real lack of respect
for any structure or authority.
Boy: I hate school because the teachers are always mean to me,
and I don't feel like I'm learning anything.
Jones: I'm really concerned about his behavior.
It doesn't bode well for his future.
Boy: I'm always getting in trouble for what I didn't do.
We're going to have to adopt
a zero-tolerance policy, young man.
Boy: School keeps calling my mother,
and she gets really, really mad at me.
What is going on?
You better explain yourself.
Boy: I feel like the whole world is just turned up against me
and doesn't like me anymore.
There are days I get up,
and I just decide I'm not going to school.
Girl: If you go to the park,
like, everybody's always telling me I'm not worth anything,
so what's the point of trying?
Boy: I know the cops are watching us,
but we just hope we don't get caught.
Female teacher: Your son's absences are a problem.
They will definitely affect his grade point average.
Boy: I don't feel safe in my class anymore.
Should I assume you're unprepared again today?
Boy: I would always eventually
get picked on by the teacher,
and he makes examples of me.
Girl: I feel really singled out,
and I just try to avoid people
because every time I look,
somebody's always talking about me,
"Oh, she's always getting in trouble."
Boy: But I started fighting more
because nobody wants to hang out around a troublemaker.
The only time I have real friends
is when I'm on the block, so...
That's where I'll stay.
Man: I'm sure you understand
we take our discipline policies very seriously
here at the school.
We need to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.
What are we going to do about your son?