In the spirit of furthering understanding and communication within and between our many communities LA Indymedia brings Film-Night back with the film “Precious Knowledge”.
“Precious Knowledge” is an important documentary that exposes the blatant racism that the State Superintendent of Education in Arizona recently displayed in cutting out the successful ethnic-studies program at Tucson High School.
The film follows the lives of four students and several teachers as they fight to save their classes and the program that became an educational lifeline for them.
The disenfranchised high school seniors became academic warriors and community leaders in the face of losing a successful program that has become a national model of success. In a climate where the national average of Mexican-American drop-outs is 45 percent, 100 percent of the students enrolled in the Tucson High ethnic studies classes
graduated from high school and 85 percent of them went on to 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.
This story is important to all of us; as Americans and as Angelinos. In our city Ron Gochez, a high school social studies teacher and important activist, currently running for city council, was recently fired for teaching ethnic-studies courses in his South LA classroom.
Come join LA Indymedia, in conjunction with the Gateway-Portal in West LA for our screening of the film with a discussion afterward.