Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse?
So begins the discussion of a powerful new film, Beyond Measure, directed by Vicki Abeles, and produced by the makers of Race to Nowhere. Challenging the assumptions of our current education story, Beyond Measure offers a fresh vision for American Schools.
Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us? Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. (From http://www.beyondmeasurefilm.com/)
Weilenmann School of Discovery, in partnership with the Park City Film Series, Park City Day School, and Park City School District, has organized a free community screening of BeyondMeasure at the Jim Santy Auditorium on September 29. A pre-film reception with refreshments will be held from 5:45 – 6:30pm outside the theater that features new technology tools that support STEM learning. The film screening begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. James Harvey of the National Superintendents Roundtable, and author of The Iceberg Effect.
Join us for this important discussion! For more information, visit and http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com/movie.php?uid=1038