On Tuesday, August 13, WGBY is airing three consecutive programs with tragically strong connections to education. (You can also search these PBS programs at a later date to learn about their availability.)
8:00pm: AFTER NEWTOWN: GUNS IN AMERICA is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity
9:00pm: FIXING JUVIE JUSTICE — America’s reliance on juvenile incarceration is the highest among the world’s developing nations. It has costly implications, both financially and for the future of the youth at risk. (It costs approximately $88,000 per year to send our youth to juvenile incarceration and nearly 70% of them are re-arrested after being released.) Could there be an alternative to this broken system of kids cycling in and out of the grasp of the juvenile justice system? Now in an experiment, a group of innovators in Baltimore, on a quest to fix the broken system, turn to an island on the other side of the world for a possible solution.
10:00pm: FOOTBALL HIGH: As high school players grow bigger, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players — with rising rates of concussions, career-ending injuries, even death. In Arkansas, FRONTLINE documents a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?