“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five‐fold.
Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of verite and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.
CT Screening of Paper Tigers:
October 28, 2015
Shubert Theatre New Haven, CT
Admission is free but registration is required. Visit www.newhaventrauma.org for details and to register.
Note: Mature content. Not suitable for all audiences. Discretion is advised.
For those located outside of CT please visit http://www.papertigersmovie.com/ for showings near you!