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I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School, the film

I Am A Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School is an award winning documentary released in 1993 about an inner city school in Philadelphia which won the the 1994 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The film depicts the challenges and difficulties of trying to educate kids in poverty who come from single parent, drug addicted neighborhoods. I doubt that much has changed in the last 13 years.

This film is well worth watching and I highly recommend it.

Link: I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993).


Joanne Boyce

I watched the documentary in one of my social work classes and thought it was excellent.

What I saw did not really surprise me, as this type of educational inequity is prevalent in many inner city neighborhoods.

What surprised me was the dedication of Principal Bearney and teachers , and the resilience of the children at Stanton.

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