“There is a fight every day in this school – beatdowns, massacres!” exclaims a student in one of New York City’s largest high schools. With thousands of students enrolled and 30 kids in a single class, overcrowding in public schools was a significant challenge faced by public school students in the early 90’s when the production was made, and remains a difficult dilemma still today. This youth-produced exploration of the issue, charmingly rough around the edges, explores how overcrowding affects school safety, violence and the learning environment through the eyes of those who live it. Through testimonials with teens attending some of the most crowded schools in New York City, and those enrolled in smaller schools, the video makes the case for smaller classes, smaller schools and individualized attention as a necessary way to improve education in New York City. Created in 1994 by students at Landmark High School in collaboration with Paper Tiger Television.
1994 TRT: 28 minutes #253