WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL?
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As our two children went through the elementary grades (in Peninsula, an independent school with a progressive philosophy), we observed how much they loved being at school. After they graduated and were clearly thriving in high school and college, I felt compelled to go back and document some of the complex, often subtle dynamics that made their education so successful in every way. Starting with this one progressive private school, I ended up documenting the fact that this kind of education could happen in a variety of public settings. The final film, a prime time PBS special, looked at programs not only in one independent school, but also in eight public schools.
• For educators to be introduced to new perspectives and fresh ideas
• For parents to bring innovative approaches to their children’s teachers and school administrators
• For professors and students in Departments of Education to learn about a variety of alternative approaches to teaching
• For meetings and conferences which bring together educators who are interested in thinking "out of the box"
Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
Website: Education Revolution
This site brings together an extraordinarily wide range of progressive, alternative educational ideas and resources. For anyone interested in learning about alternative education, this IS one stop shopping! AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world
Paths of Learning: An Introduction to Alternative Education:
Website: Paths of Learning
The site provides an initial window for seeing the similarities and differences among alternatives while pointing teachers and parents toward other resources for further exploration, making it possible to find (or create) educational alternatives in your own communities that best match your evolving beliefs and core values.
An intimate look at an 80-year-old independent school, followed by visits to eight public schools around the country (pre-school through high school) - all of which have innovative education programs. In each location, we meet teachers, parents, students, and administrators who are creating vibrant, supportive educational environments.
We see the result of programs that value creative thinking and direct experience more than memorization of facts: strong student and faculty morale, improved test scores, and classrooms of students with the capacity for self-directed learning.
What emerges is the value of implementing humane values in our schools.
Director and Writer: Dorothy Fadiman
Videographers: Blake McHugh, David Espar and Bob Moore
Editors: Lise Braden, Nila Bogue, Blake McHugh
Music: Alex de Grassi and Ric Louchard
Introduction: Tom Peters
Producer: KTEH-TV (PBS)
American Film and Video Festival
The "Joeys" San Jose Film Festival
Chicago Film Festival
National Educational Film and Video Festival
Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL? was featured as a prime-time PBS special and shown on stations throughout the United States in the 1990’s.
Since 2000, the film aired hundreds of times and continues to be shown on PBS and Cable Access stations throughout the country.