In 2011, documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, and Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, researched the Finnish school system and its excellence. The result of their research is the film, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System”.
What does it take to have the best school in the world? To find out, three Welsh teenagers from Pembrokeshire swap their classroom, teachers and parents for a school on the opposite side of the world. South Korea boasts one of the best education systems in the world, but also one of the toughest. So for three days, they will live and breathe Korean education to find out the secret to their success. Can they hack it?
No More Boys and Girls – BBC
Dr Javid Abelmoneim queries if the way we treat boys and girls in childhood is the reason society hasn’t achieved equality between men and women in adult life. Could stripping away subtle differences be the way to raise kids with equal abilities?
Faith School Menace? is a television documentary presented by Richard Dawkins which explores the effects of faith schools on the students in them and society in general by taking examples in particular from UK faith schools, with the stated aim “to explore the balance of rights between a parent’s right to educate a child in their own faith, and the children’s rights to determine their own beliefs and approach the world with a genuinely open mind”. At the time of broadcast, one third of British schools had some kind of religious affiliation. Dawkins was refused entry to Catholic and Jewish faith schools, but was allowed to film in a Muslim school, where children were taught what the theory of evolution was, but that it was not true.
The Forbidden Education (Spanish: La Educación Prohibida) is an independent documentary released in 2012. The film documents diverse alternative education practices and unconventional schools in Latin America and Spain and includes educational approaches such as popular education, Montessori, progressive education, Waldorf, homeschooling.
In Spanish with subtitles
The film follows five British schoolteachers from Birmingham, England in their journey to Pakistan as part of a British Council Pakistan project, commonly known as Connecting Classrooms. The plethora of inter-cultural dialogue that ensues as the two cultures disclose both tradition and practice under the umbrella of education, transforms a simple visit to Bhit Shah, Sindh into a mutually beneficent exchange.