ED 407 Week One Part Two

You will notice that this part has a total of four documentaries. The first is TEACH, the next two have to do with Civic Education and student involvement. The last is a shorter documentary that the considers the idea of community. Please watch all four documentaries and fill out your Response Form.

Please Note: Each Title is linked to the WOU Films On Demand site. Or watch the embedded video below the title if your browser supports the embed code. Going to Films on Demand will give you the option of seeing the transcripts. Either way, if you are not already logged in to your portal, you will have to do so to access the Documentaries.

Just click on the TEACH link below for Films on Demand.


We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. To look at education in America, Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings us his third documentary TEACH, which asks the question, What does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds, and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation, and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2013 school year.



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Democracy Left Behind

Wonder why voters are not more informed about issues which underlie election campaigns? While schools should play a vital role, their ability to serve a civic mission has been severely constrained by a narrowed curriculum and increasing focus on test scores. This program demonstrates how difficult it is for many students to understand what their education means in the larger context of the society and world they live in, while also showcasing alternative models that can lead to an informed and engaged citizenry. (58 minutes)



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Lessons from the Real World

A follow-up to Democracy Left Behind: NCLB and Civic Education (item #39484), this program looks at community-based learning in K–12 education. The film explores a wide variety of educational settings in which action-oriented lessons enable students to work outside the classroom, in their own communities. While taking nothing away from the importance of traditional academic subjects, the film promotes the idea that math, reading, and other areas are more effectively explored if students care about what they are learning—rather than being drilled with subject matter divorced from their real lives and the environments that often impact them. (55 minutes)



Communities as Classrooms

This program follows producer Bob Gilner as he introduces an educational experiment in participatory democracy at four schools in El Salvador that can serve as a model here in the U.S. — where viewers see students become actively engaged in solving problems in their own communities, not as an extra-curricular activity, but as part of learning math, language, writing and other basic educational skills – skills they see as necessary to solving the issues their communities face.