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Silver Heart Award Nominee
Most Likely to Succeed
USA, 2015, 89 min., Color

Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America’s new college graduates are unable to find employment.Director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective.

Charter schools like San Diego’s High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Whiteley follows students, teachers, and parents to see if this different model can reawaken the love of learning and offer the potential for a paradigmatic shift in education.

—BASIL TSIOKOS, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Immediately following the screening of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, FilmMatters and Art House Dallas will hold a discussion on the current state of the American education system and on documentaries that seek to spark conversation on educational issues.
Screenings
Executive Producer
Ted Dintersmith
Director
Greg Whiteley
Screenwriter
Greg Whiteley
Producer
Greg Whiteley, Adam Leibowitz
Cinematographer
Gabriel Patay
Editor
Adam Ridley
Music
Matthew Lurie, Josh Ethan Johnson, Dan Kramer

Director Bio

Greg Whiteley received his master’s degree in film from the Art Center College of Design, and is a Clio Award-winning documentary director.

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