If you have the National Geographic Channel, make some time for "Inside New Orleans High."
It focuses on Walter L. Cohen High School in the Crescent City, where in these post-Katrina classrooms, homicide rates are rising, only 25 percent of seniors make it to colleage, and about one in six girls have babies or are pregnant.
During the six months of filming, the filmmakers focus on a few students, the principal and a first-year teacher. One of them, Cardwell, bounces from house to house, trying to avoid the dysfunction in his family that could take him off his path to a better life. Indeed, all the kids want so much but sometimes their circumstances overwhelm them.
What's clear is that 3 years after the flood, young people are still lost, people are still struggling, and there are still glimmers of hope.
It's not brilliant filmmaking, but it's good. And we need to remember what happened — and is still happening — to our fellow citizens.
It's on Sunday @ 10pm. NatGeo is on channel 70 in the Triangle.