Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of a high school that has radically changed it's approach to disciplining its students, becoming a model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affects families.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2017
Most people have not heard the term "ACEs" except when talking about fighter pilots or playing cards. Adverse Child Experiences have now been proven to "physically" affect the brain and lead to future mental and physical health. But this documentary shows how and why there is hope for our kids when ACEs are identified and addressed. A fantastic, inspiring film with real people who talk about real problems. One reviewer gave this a 1 star because of "language." With all do respect to the reviewer, bleeping out all of the bad words would have destroyed the impact of this film. There is no nudity and no violence, but there is harsh reality that, at times, is hard to watch. But the reward is seeing that there is hope for our kids who have ACEs.
I was amazed at what I saw in this documentary. Teachers becoming involved with their students in such a positive way that it effected the youths successful performance at school. They changed their lives. It's comforting to know that other schools have adopted their way of teaching. One has to become involved in those children that have difficulties in school and at home. I was amazed how empathetic they were and honest. Makes me wish I could work with them in helping other students. This documentary made me some hope in the future for your youths in the American school system.
This documentary was a required piece of content for a class I am taking in college as part of the teaching credential program. I did not know what to expect but I decided to watch it with my kids and I'm glad I did. This is a great documentary that exposes what a little caring and compassion can do to help students who have dealt with trauma in their lives, specifically ACEs trauma. I would recommend this to anyone who is in the field of education and also for anyone who has had traumatic experiences or has children who have. I was aware of many of the different types of adversity that people face but this opened my eyes to it even more.
This is exactly the kind of documentary I love, so it's not hard for me to appreciate it. It's a story of great kids with some deep trauma in their lives and a school that broke ground early in supporting them with a science-based approach to support them through high school. The teachers, principal, and staff are inspiring, and this documentary does a great job of presenting a range of perspectives and situations, telling the stories of a select group of students as they find their way through high school. I'm happy to learn that this type of deep healing work is being done in our schools.
I work with people who have experienced ACEs and childhood trauma and the Lincoln School model gives me hope for the future and validates my own work. Punishment for bad behavior does not cure potential juvenile delinquents of their inner anger but rather exacerbates it. I have a great admiration for the teachers and everyone involved in the holistic treatment of and love for these adolescents. I am rooting for every single one of these kids and hope they succeed in life .
If you are a human who is or has ever been a teenager, if you are a kid going through hard times, or a parent, or a teacher, or counselor or social worker or member of society, this is a good film for you. You get to learn what ACE's are and that most of us have them to some degree. Don't miss Kelsey's depth and her amazing poem in the middle, or how the teacher's respond to the student's stress and challenging behavior with wisdom but most of all unwavering compassion - when most adults would become angry and defensive and punitive. As teacher Gordon said, "The behavior isn't the kid, it's a symptom of thier situation. The behavior is not about me. Sometimes it's not even about the kid, but the situation. And if you can work through it and forgive and be a caring role stable model..." I wish I had more adults like this in my life when I was that age. But even just watching this and imagining what it would feel like, helps me heal. It inpires me to continue to strive to be a kind and supportive presence for youth in my life. This approach to education and relating to each other is what the world needs.
They had a similar program in my high school when I was growing up. I would not have graduated or gone to college without it. It was good to know there were loving adults in the world, people who cared. I hope more programs like this are created throughout the educational systems. They do a world of good.
If you are an educator, a parent, know a child, or ever were a child, you need to see this documentary! It's eye-opening to the impact of trauma in our lives and how it perpetuates a lifetime of struggle. Currently studying trauma psychology, this documentary brought to life much of what we've been discussing. I can't fathom the impact having trauma informed educators would have on both the kids and the teachers as they begin to make sense of the struggle (not excusing misbehavior, mind you--but approaching it with more understanding). It's great film!