Synopsis

Producer and director Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into a high school in 1968 and records events as they occur. Told without narration, the film essentially listens in on students, teachers and parents as they deal with issues of everyday life. Students are clearly meant to do as they are told without question – many of the teachers are autocratic in this respect – and the developing clash of cultures is evident in almost every scene. The role these young women are expected to play after high school is particularly archaic by today’s standards.