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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (221 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah), 1994.

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Originally produced by Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah) in 1994.
Summary, etc.:
HIGH SCHOOL II is a film about Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS), a successful alternative high school in New York's Spanish Harlem, 85-95% of whose graduates go on to four year colleges. The film illustrates the school's emphasis on the ́Habits of Mind́ program (weighing evidence; awareness of multiple points of view; seeing connections and relationships; speculating on possibilities; and assessing values).. Sequences illustrating the school's approach to learning include: classroom activities in the humanities and sciences; family conferences; discussions of race, class, and gender; faculty meetings; disciplinary problems; sex education; conflict resolution by students; and student council meetings.. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival.. "Wisemańs method fits perfectly with the schooĺs approach to teaching. Again and again, you hear the staff of Central Park East ask the students to fill out their statements, to add detail, to provide more evidence. That́s exactly what Wiseman does devotedly and brilliantly." ́ Stuart Klawans, The Nation. "Mr. Wiseman is now a master of the epic documentary. (CPESS)́Œ urges its students, a multiracial mix that includes political organizers and teen-age parents, to talk, listen and think for themselves." ́ Caryn James, The New York Times
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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In English
Subject: Documentary-style films.
Genre: North American Studies
Documentary films.

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