Bob Gliner, award winning documentary filmmaker, has produced documentaries in all parts of the world including his most recent:
New half-hour documentary coming to PBS stations in January, 2014, examines a unique community based education program in rural India. At Barefoot College, located in the Indian State of Rajasthan, education takes place off campus, in nearby impoverished villages, among all age groups, with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum intimately encompassing rural village life and the issues villagers must grapple with. While seemingly far removed from the American experience, it offers telling lessons for how the current debate around educational reform might be focused and curriculum transformed in the United States. Watch trailer and read more
Schools That Change Communities
New in 2012 - While the classroom as a vehicle for educational success remains largely unchallenged, despite often questionable levels of achievement, a few public schools across the country are trying a different approach to engaging students in the learning process, using the communities and neighborhoods where students live as classrooms - creating not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. This documentary has the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.
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Lessons From the Real World
- Learning to read, do math and other subjects happens when students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives.
This engaging documentary provides a first hand look at K-12 schools and classes that weave community and societal problem solving through their curriculum as a way of both preparing students for active participation in democratic society, as well as motivating them to learn basic skills as part of a meaningful educational experience. Read more and order online.
"Every member of Congress should be required to watch this film."
Democracy Left Behind - Examines the impact of "No Child Left Behind" on the ability of schools to serve a civic mission demonstrating how difficult it is now for many students to understand what their education means in the larger context of the society and world they inhabit. Read more and order online.
Green Rim - Examines efforts by China and the United States to create green energy solutions to climate change problems. For more information and order online.
Education for What? - Learning social responsibility follows some of the thousands of college students who work to solve community problems as part of their regular curriculum and examines the impact of this learning strategy on students, the community, and the ability to engage a new generation of citizens. Read more and order online.