An award-winning documentary on
successful schools across the country,
WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL? is a provocative
in which relationships, creative thinking
experience are valued more highly
than memorization of facts.
This national PBS special profiles a range of
across the country.
Introduced by Tom Peters, co-author of "In Search of Excellence,"
the film features nine unique schools (public and private)
from the suburbs of California to the heart of East Harlem.
Beginning with an intimate look at a 70-year-old independent school
in the San Francisco Bay Area, this program then visits
public schools around the country in which teachers, parents, students,
and administrators are involved in creating vibrant, supportive
educational environments. What emerges is the importance
values in our schools.
This remarkable documentary shows results:
strong student and
faculty morale, improved test scores,
and classrooms of students
with the capacity for self-directed learning.
"Pure magic! I've never seen a more riveting portrayal of
youngsters learning and growing. Educators seeking new images
of what schools can be will find ideas, as well as inspiration,
in this remarkable documentary."
MARY ANNE RAYWID, Hofstra University
Center for the Study of Educational Alternatives
author of more than 100 articles on
alternative approaches in education
"...Inspired and inspiring. For too long there has been a chilling assumption around this land:
that schools are not capable of improving themselves, that they must await the intervention
of some outside commission, committee, agency or force. This remarkable documentary lays
that myth to rest once and for all."
Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"This beautiful film shows convincingly that schools can be places of delight,
learning, caring and wisdom."
Stanford University, School of Education
"A film that has powerful lessons to teach, including the simple message that there are schools
in this country where innovation is the norm, mutual respect is the standard, and children truly
PHI DELTA KAPPAN, Volume 73, Number 8
"It is incredibly heartening and inspiring to see these nine good schools through a perceptive lens.
WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL? functions both as a wonderful statement of modern progressivism and as a rousing three cheers for everyone working hard to improve our country's schools. It shows that the hard work is worth it, and that it can, should, and must be done."
Brown University - Education Department,
author of The Coalition of Essential Schools
"Every time I watch WHY DO THESE KIDS LOVE SCHOOL? I am even more impressed with
this wonderful documentary, which captures both the practice and the spirit of effective schools!"
New Horizons for Learning
(an international network of schools, educators and
researchers committed to innovative approaches to education)
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American Film and Video Festival
The "Joeys" San Jose Film Festival
Chicago Film Festival
National Educational Film and Video Festival
Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
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