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Street Interviews: Douglass Junior High

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Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Campbell, James
Beraroucci, Vilma
Subject:
Douglass Jr. High School (Washington, D.C.)
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1972
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
Summary:
Teachers discuss the challenges they encounter teaching the students: an outdated, universal curriculum which does not work for all students; poor attendance and high dropout rates; lack of interest from students and parents; lack of help from the administration; no funding for in-service training and school supplies; and too much time spent preparing students to learn. They talk about the problems in their community ; and the effects of D.C. politics, the community, and home life on the students and their education. They offer possible solutions: change the system and let teachers be creative so the students get what they need; parents and teachers need to stop blaming each other; the community needs to take more pride in their students; better communication between the community and the school; and the importance of understanding the students and their problems.
Interviews. Part of Street Interviews. Dated 19720720.
Cite as:
Street Interviews: Douglass Junior High, Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Communities
Neighborhoods
African American neighborhoods
Youth
African American youth
Education
Schools
Teachers
Students
Parent and child
Social history
Local number:
ACMA AV003213
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Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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