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Approaching the Elephant (2014)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 27 February 2014 (USA)
Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey, where classes are voluntary and rules created by democratic vote. Wilder is ... See full summary »

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Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey, where classes are voluntary and rules created by democratic vote. Wilder is there from the beginning, observing an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. Written by Production

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only someone in the grips of a theory
5 January 2016 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

anarchists try to build a school based on the idea of no structure, no rules, and democratic involvement. only someone who has spent no time at all around human beings or children would fail to guess how it ends. kids are introduced to democracy without any understanding of the tacit underlying rules which make democracy marginally effective. nothing that can remotely be called education takes place. just hundreds of potential lawsuits as children's safety is repeatedly and brazenly endangered. forget trying to get kids to learn and memorize basic facts about the world. math, geography, spelling, reading, writing, history, music, all take a back seat to pie in the sky social and child development theories. someone should hand the staff of the school a copy of heinlein's Starship Troopers and direct them to the chapter on history and moral philosophy.

as for the movie it's self it's ninety minutes of watching and waiting for the other shoe to drop. a veritable comedy of human folly when reality takes a back seat to ideology.


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