Free screening and discussion of education documentary 'Paper Tigers'

by Michelle Saport  |   

Friday, March 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

The UAA Multicultural Center and the College of Education, in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Alaska, present "Paper Tigers," a documentary about a paradigm shift in education.

"Stressed brains can't learn." That was the nugget of neuroscience Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative school had gone down by 78 percent and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.

Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln's staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, "Paper Tigers" is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: One caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person's life.

"Paper Tigers is a moving and profoundly important film that offers critical insights into one of the most widespread educational and health challenges in American society. It should be mandatory viewing for teachers and principals across the country, and anyone who works with vulnerable youth." -David Bornstein, writer for The New York Times and co-founder of The Solutions Journalism Network.

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