Schooling the World

Carol Black Producer, Neal Marlens, Jim Hurst | 2010 | 66 min.

2012 Official Selection

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it??? You would change the way it educates its children.? The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.?? But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. Featuring Wade Davis, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Manish Jain, and Dolma Tsering. |