April 17 Film & Discussion: When We Stop Counting

Here’s a great opportunity to see the powerful local film “When We Stop Counting” with a panel discussion by Nebraska educators. Sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace, First Plymouth Congregational Church, and National Association of Social Workers.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: April 17, 7-9 p. m.

“When We Stop Counting”: Education,  Poverty, and Culture.  
First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D Street, Pilgrim Hall
Panelists:

  • Dr. Steve Joel, Superintendent of Schools, Lincoln, NE.
  • Elisabeth Reinkordt, filmmaker, Nebraska Department of Education
  • Karen Buchfinck, counselor, Crete, NE, schools
  • Paul A. Olson, UNL Education and English, former USOE Study Commission

The documentary, “When We Stop Counting”  follows “six Hispanic high school students in Crete, NE, through their personal struggles and triumphs while bearing the pressure of their parents’ backbreaking sacrifice in hopes of achieving the American Dream.  The film features commentary from administration, faculty, and scholars on how schools can serve both the students and the community, while the students themselves record their own footage of experiences at school, home, work, and at play.”

The film implicitly raises the question of what is crucial in the prospering of students in school. Is it:

  • The affluence or poverty of the student population?
  • The fit between the culture of the school and that of the home?
  • The quality of the teachers and administration of the school?

All of these factors have some importance, but which is crucial?  The third has been the focus of “No Child Left Behind,” but other analyses say that culture and language are crucial or that poverty — nutrition, health, and parental capacity to give support — are determinative.  We will view the film first and then discuss with the audience what we each believe to be crucial.

Sponsored by:  Nebraskans for Peace Lincoln Chapter, Peace and Justice Committee, First Plymouth Congregational and, National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska chapter

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