Central Standard: On Education
Dir. Brian Ashby & Ben Kolak
154min, 9 episodes

Five experiences of publicly-funded education in Chicagoland:
Robert / Calumet City
Gina / Chicago Lawn
Natalia / Humboldt Park
Kyle / North Center
Emma / Wilmette
observed in the style of Michael Apted’s Seven Up! series and inspired by Jean Anyon’s 1980 text “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work.”

“Eye-opening, perspicacious documentary filmmaking at its finest, Central Standard addresses the complexities of what a group of thoughtful and genuinely world-aware teens face or are favored with simply by their geography and economic class. Most importantly, it inculcates a profound, lasting and unpretentious empathy with its subjects. You won’t want to let these kids go.” — Chris Ware, Graphic Novelist

A co-production of WTTW11 & Scrappers Film Group, with the support of PBS Digital Studios and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative

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WTTW Chicago PBS broadcast

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