A documentary film about a Cincinnati public school fighting poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood. Oyler takes viewers through a year at the school, focusing on Principal Hockenberry's mission to transform a community and senior Raven's quest to be the first in her family to finish school and go to college. When Hockenberry's job is threatened, it becomes clear it's a make-or-break year.
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As I write this we are less than a month away from the year 2020. The last thing I saw online about Raven was a June 2015 KIBA article describing her struggles in her first year at Penn State Greater Allegheny, but then coming into her own in the second year. So did she graduate? I hope so. Kids like her need strong mentors to keep them on the right path. I can also understand if things did not work out for her. I think the emphasis that everyone needs to go to college to succeed is short sighted. Many of those kids can have rewarding careers in various trades which they should begin learning in school.
This school. this school principle, the students and community ... WOW ! They are hugely inspiring. What they face, how they endure, misunderstood by government, totally unique in their struggle. They are part of the American fabric of challenge and triumph. Never give up.
I am from NKY, this is legit one of the poorest, crime ridden communities in the country. The shootings are so bad, they almost called in National guard over the past summer. Its crazy to think, we live in a very, wealthy neighborhood, and not ten minutes away there is the west side. Worried for Raven, I think she said she had a 16 act score, so she is below average test taker, then making her a student athlete and on top of it and she doesn't have the financial support to even be a school athlete. Hope you make it kid.
Wow! Wow! Best thing on Prime right now. If this movie does not motivate you to teach, to tutor, to mentor, to find it within yourselves to somehow make a difference in a child's life, then I do not know what can inspire you. I am black and I cried like a baby throughout this documentary. It showed kids as human first. Not black, or white or Latino or Republican. Just kids, trying to find there way in this uncertain world. Hopefully, along the way, they come accross a principal like Mr. H. to give their journey some clarity.
Well written documentary about the challenges that a principal of a public school located in a tough neighborhood in Cincinnati has to face every day, and about the way the public school system actually responds to the same challenges. I guess the two main questions to which the film tries to give a tentative answer are the following: first, to what extent school and neighborhood are inextricably linked; second, the inadequacy of general guidelines and cold data when it comes to give a holistic picture of what education really means. Worth watching.
I'm from the Cincinnati area and have volunteered at the Oyler school before. I had heard about the documentary and just got around to watching it. I really enjoyed but I just wish they could have told more stories about the people of lower price hill and the Other school.