Teaching and Learning in Compton -- High School wasn t supposed to be like this. The children can t afford to buy shoes or lunch. Teachers are forced to teach without textbooks. The school has no money for busses. The children must walk to school through one of the most gang-infested areas of Los Angeles County. Sound like a nightmare scenario from the early 1980 s? This is 2005 and this is Compton.
Teaching and Learning in Compton is an all-access pass to the inner-city high school experience in Los Angeles. It portrays this as only independent cinema can, by getting into the hearts and minds of students and teachers and casting light on a world that even today remains hidden from view.
Because of the access achieved by the filmmakers, Teaching and Learning in Compton has the singular distinction of showing what a year in an inner-city high school is like from the inside.
From riots and gangs to laughter and hope, Teaching and Learning in Compton presents the uncut story of the losers and winners in the battle to educate today s underprivileged youth in one of the country s most crimeridden and poverty-stricken cities.
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