Documentary gives insight on public schools


A 90-minute documentary, “GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Schroeder Hall, Room 243.

The documentary highlights one day in the Pasadena Unified School District in California, which is racially and economically diverse.

This new documentary intends to capture and display an authentic picture of a day in the life of a public school district, Amee Adkins, associate dean in the College of Education, said.

“All we hear about in the news are test scores, comparisons to Finland and concerns about unions. ‘GO PUBLIC’ helps bring to light the deeply human and interactive transactions that happen in schools throughout the day,” Adkins said.

Adkins added the 2013 documentary offers an opportunity to reflect on why we should value public education.

“The filmmakers acknowledge we’re dealing with a ‘crisis of confidence’ with local public schools, and yet many in the community have little idea about what actually happens in the hallways, classrooms, lunchrooms and playgrounds,” Adkins added.

She hopes this documentary will make the daily workings of public schools more clear for community members.

The screening is free and open to the public but an online RSVP is encouraged.  Attendees can RSVP at

“We appreciate having a record of who plans to attend, but we won’t turn anyone away if they didn’t RSVP,” she said.

Adkins added the expected turn out for the event is unknown; however, the room reserved for the screening holds 100, which she hopes will be full.

She said the College of Education works with different student organizations to host screenings as interesting films become available about education.

“If anyone has ideas for new releases they would like to bring to campus they should contact me [at or by phone at (309) 438-5189],” Adkins said.

For more information on the “GO PUBLIC” screening visit the College of Education’s website at

One Response

  1. Dawn O'Keeffe

    The article captures well the essence of the GO PUBLIC film. However, the headline is very misleading. The film does not focus on “Public school problems”, it focuses on a typical day in public school as seen through the daily journeys of 50 subjects; teachers, students, volunteers, administrators, support staff, parents, a school board member and even the superintendent. Public education is faced with many challenges today but, as you will experience has you watch this film, there is so much to celebrate and value – treasure actually – about public education. I read a wonderful quote recently from a Superintendent in Oklahoma, “There is nothing so wrong with our schools that cannot be fixed by what is right with our schools!” Go see for yourself and GO PUBLIC!


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