What We’re Watching: The Boys of Baraka on DVD
Before Waiting for Superman and KIPP, there was the Boys of Baraka. This 2005 documentary followed a group of “at-risk” 12-year-old boys from Baltimore whose families enrolled them in an experimental boarding school in Kenya (with expenses paid by the city of Baltimore) in a desperate attempt to get the boys out of failing schools and violent neighborhoods so they could turn their lives around. The DVD is available from Netflix and Amazon .
In the Fall 2008 issue of Ed Next, David Whitman wrote about paternalistic schools that teach at-risk kids not just how to learn but how to live in “An Appeal to Authority: The New Paternalism in Urban Schools.”