Beyond Measure: Public screening and discussion of film readressing education, Thursday night

by beth on November 29, 2017

Above: The public is invited to a special film screening at St. Mark’s School tomorrow night. (official trailer)

This Thursday, November 30th, the community is invited to join the school community when they view Beyond Measure, “A film of inspiring stories from the forefront of innovation in education”.

The documentary filmed by the maker of Race to Nowhere, focuses on how to best address “the greater purpose of education”. The screening will be accompanied by a discussion.

The presentation is 7:00 pm (with the doors open at 6:30 pm for snacks). It will take place in the Putnum Family Arts Center. (Click here for the campus map.)

For more information about the film, here’s a description from promotional website:

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.

In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.

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?

In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?

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