Center for Applied Research and Public Policy (CARPP)


School: The Story of American Public Education- Films.com

Born out of centuries of conflict and experimentation, America’s public school system is one of the nation’s most significant—but still unfinished—achievements... Video Link

The Problem with Boys: Falling Behind in School and Life- Films.com

According to education statistics across North America, boys now perform poorly compared with girls—and with boys of previous generations. What is causing this trend? What can be done to help both genders succeed? Video Link

Matters of Race- Films.com

This compelling four-part series explores the complex issues of race among a diverse selection of American communities. Created by multiple teams of filmmakers, it’s a complicated story told by multigenerational voices of society... Video Link

Reborn: New Orleans Schools- Films.com

Despite its horrific destruction, Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans educators the opportunity to reinvent a school system that wasn’t working. This program chronicles the first official year of public school in New Orleans after the storm and the transition to the widespread use of charter schools in the city... Video Link

Race and Intelligence: Science’s Last Taboo- Films.com

A smattering of self-styled experts believe they can assign IQ levels to the world’s racial groups. Even if their data were beyond reproach, what does that say about IQ testing? Is it objective or socioeconomically biased? Video Link

The Right Choice? Charter Schools and Voucher Systems- Films.com

In theory, America’s public schools provide an equal-opportunity education for children of all walks of life. Unfortunately, in practice it does not always work out that way... Video Link

Alternative Education: Choices Beyond the Public School System- Films.com

Although intended to promote academic success for all, the traditional public school system in the U.S. has not always been able to measure up to its own high standards. In districts characterized by sagging test scores and dilapidated buildings, many parents are having second thoughts about enrolling their children...Video Link

Public Schools Failing to Make the Grade- Films.com

Public education is one of the great promises of this country. But is America keeping that promise? This ABC News program offers a timely report card on the nation’s public education system. Hard hit by state budget cuts in recent years, the system is also under immense pressure from the No Child Left Behind initiative... Video Link

The College Track: America’s Sorting Machine- Films.com

It’s about closing the achievement gap and implementing best practices.It’s about raising expectations and lowering barriers. It’s about a heart-to-heart partnership of educators and parents... Video Link

The Bottom Line in Education: 1980 to the Present- Films.com

In 1983, the Reagan Administration’s report A Nation at Risk shattered public confidence in America’s school system and sparked a new wave of education reform. This program explores the impact of the "free market" experiments that ensued, from vouchers and charter schools to privatization... Video Link

A Struggle for Educational Equality: 1950–1980- Films.com

n the 1950s, America’s public schools teemed with the promise of a new, postwar generation of students, over half of whom would graduate and go on to college. This program shows how impressive gains masked profound inequalities... Video Link

Hispanic Education at the Crossroads- Films.com

Education is intrinsic to success in our society. But for members of Hispanic groups, good education may be hard to come by, because of either language barriers or under-performing schools... Video Link