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180 Days

Michael Mihoci
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Conneaut Area Senior High
Sharon Sielski
Doug Parks
May 16, 2013

Recently I took the time to watch the PBS documentary "180 Days" which chronicles a full "normal" school year at an urban pubic high school in Washington D.C. called D.C. Metropolitan High School located in the heart of our nation's capital. Many things struck me about this documentary and this report will divulge into detail on several of these points. As a government teacher what stood out the most to me was PBS choosing to select a school located in our nation’s capital right under the nose of our political driven, policy making, bureaucratic based government. I see an odd paradigm with this. First I thought what better example than to select a school right in our educational leaders’ backyard. At the same time I thought what an embarrassment to our nation that literally within a short distance of the most powerful organization in the world do we have such an example of American education. Aside from my preliminary observation about school selection, I quickly realized that for all the problems the school and students each have, this is not "just" a school to the majority of the students at D.C. Metropolitan. This educational institution also serves as a home and in many cases a family to its' students. The students at D.C. Metropolitan High School deals with struggles that are well beyond those that we generally see on a daily basis here in rural northwest Pennsylvania. A large portion of the student population can not read or write, families at home are nonexistent; parents are often drugs addicts or have passed from harsh diseases such as AIDS. Two employees at the school hold full time jobs to simply go door to door to seek out those who do not show up each day to school.…...

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