This film guide is intended to be used with the documentary "The Bad Kids." ("The Bad Kids" is currently available on Netflix.) This resource includes before, during, and after viewing activities including a "Design Your Own School" project based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. No prep is necessary. Links and QR codes to supplementary resources are included in the lesson.
This film is appropriate for high school Psychology, Social Psychology, Current Events, Social Problems, or Social Studies courses. It could also be used in a high school-level English course. (This lesson examines Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and its application to education in addition to the concepts of toxic stress, growth mindset and "grit.")
Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance. But tireless Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who were deemed lost causes by the system. Powerful and inspiring, The Bad Kids follows Viland and her staff over a year as they coach at-risk teens with compassion, respect, and a seemingly endless supply of patience.