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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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Overt bigotry dressed up as "progressive education."
10 November 2017 | by gregbrundageSee all my reviews

Though this 2015 movie written and directed by Greg Whiteley has gotten rave reviews, there are some serious problems. The theme is alternative education without classes, books or tests, but there is a recurring sub-theme of violence and terror under the pretext of a student play about a heroic woman named Malala Yousafzai. Unfortunately her story is not told at all, and instead there are recurring scenes of terrorists culminating in the beating of a young innocent white girl by Pakistani terrorists. For a movie that's supposed to be about progressive education in California this movie is a failure as it promotes bigotry and prejudice. The writer and director Greg Whiteley should be ashamed. Schools should not air this film and students should not be subjected to such overt prejudice reinforcing the most negative stereotypes of Muslims and Pakistanis dressed up as "progressive education."

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