Turning Point School Blog
On a rare rainy day last week, students in grades 7 and 8 culminated a week long in-depth exploration of the role bias and stereotypes play in our culture, and their effect on power and justice, by attending a screening of Black Panther at the Culver City Arclight Theater. This compelling experience was a natural, relevant cross-curricular tie to the Civil Rights Movement and European colonialism in Africa units that Humanities students have been studying.
The film also provided the students an opportunity to deepen their exploration of our essential questions, “Why do we move?”, “What is Justice?”, and “What does it mean to have power?” It also gave students a platform to connect those ideas to broader questions about views of Africa as a monoculture, and the importance of discussing diversity, identity, and gender roles in our culture.
Using the film as a fictional touchstone, students debated the responsibilities of nations to help each other, discussed the nuances of seeing from multiple points of view, and evaluated the perils of making biased assumptions.
While discussing the movie as they walked back to campus, students made connections to history and current events, further demonstrating their critical evaluation skills. They all had valuable take-aways that were examined in greater depth during the subsequent advisory period. Providing students the opportunity to make relevant contemporary cultural connections allows them to see the deeper value of the learning they engage in at Turning Point.