In our second week we will view three documentaries. We not only get a sense of the neurological underpinnings of learning and schooling, but we also get a chance to witness students engaged in action research as it applies to environmental challenges as well as educational reform issues.
Don’t forget to fill out your Response Sheet as you work through the documentaries.
School of the Future
Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Can the science of learning— including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the School of the Future.
Schools That Change Communities
A few public schools across the country are trying a different approach to engaging their students in the learning process: using the surrounding communities and neighborhoods as classrooms. This creates not only a different type of learning environment, but also a different kind of student. This program showcases a diverse range of K-12 public schools across five states that have the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction that educational reform should take.