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FRONTLINE; Dropout Nation

09/19/2012

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Series
FRONTLINE
Program
Dropout Nation
Program Number

3020

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

2 hour presentation

What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. A troubling and inspiring journey through the maze of an inner-city high school, “Dropout Nation” investigates the causes, challenges, and potential solutions of a national emergency.

A FRONTLINE production with Left/Right Docs

Duration

01:56:40

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Public Affairs
News
Citation
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Dropout Nation,” 09/19/2012, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC07904C3C9D4B0D99EFD74AA7BE7500.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Dropout Nation.” 09/19/2012. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC07904C3C9D4B0D99EFD74AA7BE7500>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Dropout Nation. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_DC07904C3C9D4B0D99EFD74AA7BE7500
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