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Acclaimed Edu-documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” Free on Sunday/Monday at Fairfield Public Library

Parents, educators, and all interested are invited to an exclusive screening of "Most Likely to Succeed," an edu-documentary about alternative approaches to education for the 21st century. The free film will be shown at the Fairfield Public Library, Sunday, May 31, 3:00 PM, and Monday, June 1, 7:30 PM.

Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Online cinema website Film Threat stated, “This film should be a required course for all parents and educators.”

Since its design over 100 years ago American education has not significantly changed, even though access to information, technology, and the workplace environment have changed significantly. Today’s students will have 15-20 jobs over the course of their working lives, and 65% of today’s grade-school children will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet.

Documentarian Greg Whiteley (“New York Doll”) trains his cameras on High Tech High, in San Diego, an unconventional school that emphasizes exploration, collaboration, and examination over standardized testing. The innovative processes and curriculum of this school are better suited to the information age of today than to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century.

“Most Likely To Succeed” is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

Local educator Dr. Richard Beall, New Indian School Head, said, “The film traces the origins of our factory-style educational system, convincingly describes why it needs to change, and offers an engrossing example of innovation at High Tech High.”

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