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Most Likely to Succeed (2015)

A powerful documentary examining education in America and inspiring school communities to re-imagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.


Greg Whiteley


Greg Whiteley

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Credited cast:
Laszlo Bock Laszlo Bock ... Himself
Brian Cesson ... Himself
Scott Swaaley Scott Swaaley ... Himself - Teacher


The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. After presenting this problem, the documentary focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As we follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

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25 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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It's not the economy, stupid.
15 January 2015 | by thelma-m-saundersSee all my reviews

Why aren't people finding jobs? Even those with college educations? Because they are not prepared for the world that has rapidly changed in less than a generation. Knowledge is now, simply, a google away. But skills like collaborative thinking, stamina, work ethic, critical thinking, reliability, resilience are often overlooked and lacking. How to develop these skills is renegade science in this film. This film provides important subject matter for anyone who values the future world for their children. Provocative and arresting. I highly recommend this film.

Okay, in order to have this review accepted I have to write at least 10 lines. How to say the same thing in different words? The rote "knowledge" we traditionally teach in schools is completely outdated. In fact, it is mind-numbing and often crushes a desire to learn. Our current system was designed for a world that is passé.

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