Acclaimed Education Documentary Comes to Burlington and Winooski


Want to see what Education Week calls "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced"? You have two upcoming opportunities. Most Likely to Succeed, a film that examines the history and shortcomings of American education, will be shown this week at Burlington High School and next month at the Winooski Performing Arts Center.

In the film, documentarian Greg Whiteley asks this question: Why has our education system stayed the same while our economy has drastically shifted due to changes in technology? After giving a brief overview of the history of the American educational system, Whiteley looks at alternative schools that are approaching learning in new ways, including San Diego's High Tech High. The network of charter schools has a unique educational model — one that favors personalized, project-based learning, giving teachers the freedom to teach as they choose, and focuses on soft skills like collaboration and problem solving.

Both screenings, which are sponsored by the Partnership for Change, will be followed by a discussion and are free and open to the public.

Most Likely To Succeed, which runs 1 hour and 26 minutes, will be shown on Wednesday, October 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Burlington High School and Thursday, November 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Winooski Performing Arts Center at Winooski Middle and High School. 

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