“Lessons from the Real World is an hour-long film your local board of education, PTA, and teachers should watch. It shows what school can be. Should be. Every member of Congress should be required to watch this film.” – Susan Ohanian, Winner of the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language
Saturday, November 15 at 9:30 am
Many people feel our public schools are failing, or at best, muddling through. What to do about this critical issue has almost exclusively focused on the efforts of No Child Left Behind and now Race to the Top legislation to improve test scores in core subjects like math and reading.
The future of our nation and our ability to compete in the economic marketplace with other countries is considered to hinge on these high stakes tests, with teachers, schools and entire school districts held accountable for failure. The results, afforded much media coverage, have been mixed though the process has produced many students turned off to formal education. An equally important consequence is that the increased narrowing of the curriculum to try to achieve these limited objectives, has undermined the ability of students to become active, informed and engaged citizens in a democratic society – capable of doing something about the issues which dramatically impact their lives.
Lessons From the Real World, contends, like many educators, that focusing on test scores to improve student achievement is looking in the wrong place.
Learning to read, do math and other subjects will come if students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives, and the community and societal problems which often impact those lives.
In Portland, Oregon, teachers at a wide range of schools are putting this idea into practice. While this is their story, it can help point the way to rethinking how schools everywhere can be successfully transformed.
Lessons From the Real World, a highly informative and entertaining documentary, filled with engaging teachers, students and lessons will surely bring much needed attention to a long neglected and critical aspect of the debate around public education.
The Martin Institute brings screenings of thought-provoking educational documentaries to the Mid-South region.
Q&A sessions and discussions are held after each screening.
The film series brings together educators from around the region to watch, discuss, and learn from other outstanding educators and programs.
Screenings are free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your seat.