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On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 PBS aired the broadcast premiere of The Prep School Negro. That was the feature-length version. We also offer a 50-minute educational version of the film, perfect for school and professional development workshops. Contact The Prep School Negro team if you’d like to talk with us about bringing the film and the director to your community.

If you’re ready to talk about these issues now, consider showing the following one-minute clips from the film’s educational version and use the discussion questions to guide your students or colleagues through a meaningful conversation.

Want to dig deep into discussing the film and the issues it raises? The curriculum from our private workshops for students and educators will be available to the public very soon. Send an email to info@theprepschoolnegro.org for more information.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What differences matter to you? Which differences don’t matter to you?
  2. How is race an issue in your school?
  3. Why do you think Kim felt so alone?
  4. What situations make you feel alone?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Is your culture defined by where you live? If so, why?
  2. What characteristics do we assign specifically to black people? Why?
  3. How does it feel to be black and not share any of these characteristics?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be an almanac (i.e. Wikipedia page) for people?
  2. Why do we ask an individual to answer on behalf of an entire race?
  3. How does it feel when you are a different race than everyone else in the room?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is “talking white”?
  2. What is code switching? How do you code switch? Why do you code switch?
  3. What’s wrong with “talking white”?
  4. Why is speaking grammatically correct English considered a white behavior?