“Stressed brains can’t learn.”
That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress.
Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.
2 p.m. doors open / 3 p.m. show
Runtime 102 minutes
Notice: Film is not rated and includes adult language and content
Adults $12 / Students $10
This event is a fundraiser for the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association. All proceeds go towards creating stability and permanence for abused and neglected children by empowering and advocating for foster and adoptive families in mid-Missouri.