RadEd Film Club: ‘Highschool’

January 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

HIGH SCOOL (1968) directed by Frederick Wiseman (75 mins).

HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on ‘facts’ but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a series of formal and informal encounters between teachers, students, parents, and administrators through which the ideology and values of the school emerge. HIGH SCHOOL, a wicked, brilliant documentary about life in a lower-middle-class secondary school. –Richard Schickel, Life

HIGH SCHOOL shows no stretching of minds. It does show the overwhelming dreariness of administrators and teachers who confuse teaching with discipline. The school somehow takes warm, breathing teen-agers and tries to turn them into 40-year old mental eunuchs… No wonder the kids turn off, stare out windows, become surly, try to escape… The most frightening thing about ‘HIGH SCHOOL’ is that it captures the battlefield so clearly; the film is too true. –Peter Janssen, Newsweek

For more information read about Frederick Wiseman.