This Week we will consider some of the challenges students face as they struggle to attain an education. Sometimes these struggles are personal, technological, or family or community oriented.
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This episode looks at the special challenges faced by many Latina students through the stories of three remarkable young women. Just before her sophomore year of high school, Darlene Bustos became pregnant and began to miss classes and fall behind. Stephanie Alvarado lives with her family, who emigrated from El Salvador, on the south side of Chicago. Her school is under-resourced and the ever-present metal detectors make it feel more like a prison than a school. After her family became homeless, Chastity Salas coped as well as she could, but her strong sense of responsibility toward her family threatened to interfere with her education. Luckily, school staff recognized her problems and provided the support she needed to stay in school. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
This episode profiles three young Latinos who have overcome enormous challenges, through the help of family, friends and community organizations, en route to completing their education. Eduardo Corona’s parents moved to San Diego from Mexico to ensure that their children would get a good education. But because both parents worked long hours, Eduardo and his siblings were often unsupervised and soon fell into a life of gangs and violence. Gustavo Madrigal of Griffin, Georgia started school in the U.S. in fifth grade, after being brought from Mexico by his undocumented parents. Juan Bernabe came to Lawrence, Massachusetts from the Dominican Republic with his mother at age 11. In his freshman year, he came out as gay. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
Children as young as three are becoming addicted to mobile phones, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens. We also learn how platforms like snapchat or facebook are engineered to make them hyper-addictive. Three year old Ryan doesn’t speak, avoids eye contact and frequently has screaming fits. His school is so worried about his behavior that they called a doctor, who diagnosed a worrying new condition—digital addiction. Its symptoms are very common to autism but luckily, there’s a cure. After a few days away from the screen, Ryan says ‘mummy’ for the first time in a year. Within a few weeks, his behavior has returned to normal. Today, scientists are convinced that screens affect our brain development. In France, doctors have even issued a warning. How seriously should we take it?
Becoming an independent adult is the ultimate goal of childhood. But children’s horizons are shrinking. Today, children are thought to have less freedom than ever before. In an increasingly fear-driven world, are parents overprotecting children, robbing them of the vital practice they need to become independent later in life? This episode explores how the tricky interplay of parenting and a child’s increasing push for independence evolves. So how much independence can nine year-olds really handle? And how do parents balance of safety against freedom and experience?