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PG| 1 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
Chicago private school Providence St. Mel is regarded as one of the most outstanding (and influential) educational institutions in the country, mostly because it has managed to send 100 percent of its graduates to college over the course of its 30-year history. Director Rollin Binzer takes a closer look at Providence St. Mel in this fascinating documentary, which explores the school's teaching methods, curriculum, disciplinary tactics and other basic hallmarks of educational excellence.

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Director: Rollin Binzer

Genres: Documentary

The Providence Effect (2009)

Release Date: February 23rd, 2009|1 hr. 32 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Impressive, although not quite the film it could have been. It asks few hard questions. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    For the film to be truer to the school’s reputation, it would have had to dig a little deeper. show more

  • October 22, 2009 Margaret Opine
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    DOCUMENTARY FUNDRAISER FOR A GREAT AMERICAN EFFORT is 5***** ANY DAY. Go and see some major stereotypes dismissed!. (iT'S A PRIVATE SCHOOL, NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING; the students are from depressed neighborhoods yet they rise to the challenge..) One of the best schools in the U. S. The critic reviews are comical and reeks of a dirty emotion but one critic asked why this approach is not used in other schools--what schools-- America's Public Schools at-large and even some private schools? Hasn't this critic heard how bad education is in the United States as a whole? We import talent. This model is not new and it certainly is not new for the African Americans. It comes straight out of the Booker T. Washington, Mary McCloud Bethune, Tuskegee, and W.E.B. DuBois tradition with a new spin: the children are taught an emphasis on individual pride instead of a sense of collective pride, as in: race. That's was the original tradition when African Americans lived under American apartheid called segregation. Today, the U.S. culture is not fundamentally racist, though racism still exist. Today's fundamentals are for substantiating the individual and the individual'a potential. WHATEVER WORKS! iT IS ALSO NOTEWORTHY TO SAY THAT discipline is strict, structure is strict; that is soemthing most American children will forever find difficult. That's American culture too. We need to change that. Our children do not know the fundamentals for living and aspiring to their excellent selves. --MO

  • October 02, 2009 cutedgm02
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    Inspirational.

  • September 28, 2009 djgotaas
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    It clearly points out the potential for schools when leadership including parents desire to provide an excellent education for the children. The challenge is not easy, but it is doable. For all public and private school leaders, how does yoru school compare?

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