Community Voices: Student video shows personal and political toll of ex-offender disenfranchisement

In this video, created by South High VOICES students Keeler Gonzalez, Lindsey Morris and Marie Berlovitz, local voting rights advocates discuss how ex-offender disenfranchisement makes it more difficult for felons to rehabilitate and reintegrate into community, and how the practice also disproportionately affects people of color. Continue Reading

“Painting is to easel” South High students unearth racism in standardized testing

This documentary, put together by students at Minneapolis South High School, takes a critical look towards the cultural bias that has been integrated into standardized testing. Often times standardized tests cater to a small demographic that is the white middle class. In the film, the students unearth overt racism with deep roots in standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT.

“High-stakes standardized testing is a form of child labor, because you’re using children to make profit,” said Vichet Chhuon, associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Continue Reading