Film Screening Sparks Debate on How Kids Learn

At a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” Delaware educators, policy makers and parents shared their opinions about project-based learning and the future of education in the U.S. The free movie showing was offered by the Caesar Rodney Institute at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on January 12.

The film highlights key shortcomings of the US education system while showcasing an innovative school in California that offers a new way of learning with no tests, no traditional curriculum, and students working collaboratively on projects. Executive director Ted Dintersmith was on hand for Tuesday’s screening and spoke to guests following the flick. “Our current education system emphasizes rote learning and test prep, which quashes creativity and doesn’t help our kids meet the demanding needs of our new economy,” said Dintersmith. “We need to create opportunities for our children to develop what I call ‘essential skills’ that will prepare them succeed in this era of innovation.”

For more information about Dintersmith, the film, and the book which was the genesis for the documentary, click here.

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