In the documentary film Boys of Baraka - 4 boys were taken out of a Baltimore ghetto and taken to Kenya to the Baraka school for a two year program. If the school didn't close down after a year do...

In the documentary film Boys of Baraka - 4 boys were taken out of a Baltimore ghetto and taken to Kenya to the Baraka school for a two year program. If the school didn't close down after a year do you think it would have made a difference if the boys completed the two years?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the closing of the school did not stop the boys from appreciating the overall message.  Consider Devon's words to this point when he says that boys like himself need places children are meant to feel "like they are somebody."  This is essential in understanding the role that the school played in the lives of the boys.  The school was able to teach the boys that their lives had value and that they were "somebody."  This is a lesson that the school had taught and its closure did not change this lesson.

The ultimate lesson that the boys gained from their experience of the school was that their own individual experience had meaning.  This is seen in how three of the four boys were on a path for graduating.  Such a reality would have been able to be evident in one year or two.  The experience of what schooling in Africa taught the boys was one in which the lessons were grasped.  The closing of the school did not impact the experiences validated and the understanding gained.

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