A second documentary that is available for viewing comes from Carol Black. This film will be available during the conference week and the week following.
The password is: "schoolingtheworld"
All over the world, volunteers build schools in traditional societies, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children.
But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.
Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist Wade Davis, activists Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.
It examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education 'aid' projects; looks at the failure of education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty; and, finally, calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach from these ancient sustainable societies.
Carol Black is a writer/director/producer of both entertainment and documentary television and film, co-creator with her husband Neal Marlens of the Emmy-Award-winning television series “The Wonder Years,” noted for its portrayal of the American public school experience. She studied education and literature at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and after the birth of her children, left a successful career in the entertainment industry to become involved in the alternative education movement and later to make independent nonprofit films. “Schooling the World” is the culmination of many years of research into cross-cultural perspectives on children and education.
Carol will also be a keynote at the conference. Check out her session on 11/16/2011 17:00:00 PST by clicking on this link.
View Schooling the World's trailer below: