Haw, this thread reminded me of "Dangerous Minds"
We saw that back when I was in high school. White teenagers (and our teachers!) praised the film. Why? An arrogant, white, military female bitch gets a teaching job at a rough, inner-city high school. She teaches gangsters Shacksphere and rewards them with candy bars. What really is the point of all of this?
Never saw "Higher Learning," but Nineties teenage grunge bunnies used to praise that movie too.