What are the opinions out there about the movie "Road to Nowhere?" I have watched it recently and I was deeply moved by the content of it. Coming from a Project Based Learning school, all the issues with the students and teachers were unheard of by me, and I couldn't believe how uncaring some schools could be.
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Anything which gets a such an important conversation started is worth watching; however, as with most things, context and perspective are everything. Just because a movie says it, does not make it true. Like so many other movies of this kind, the debate will undoubtedly be fruitful if it does not get too inflammatory first.
This movie is receiving a lot of buzz lately, and I think it is interesting in light of all of the press about education reform and teachers, unions, school choice, etc. It is another look at what is most important about schools - the children we are trying to educate. A local church in my community is screening the movie and holding a discussion. It might be interesting to hear what non-educators think. I wonder if I will hear that there are times when teachers forget the children in front of them in their concern over preparing them for their future. It is a thought-provoking situation.
I think it's actually Race to Nowhere. Personally, I have mixed feelings. I think it is a conversation that has to be had. I also think that we have to be careful about being inflammatory, arguing and fighting, and then just going back to nowhere. If you are going to screen the film you have to be prepared to handle the conversation that needs to happen with it.
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