'Most Likely to Succeed' Documentary & Discussion Oct 13

GLCPS in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum is hosting a FREE screening of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed October 13 at the Whaling Museum Cook Memorial Theatre. 

Most Likely To Succeed is a conversation-starter about changing the structure of our educational system. Rather than preach about following any one education model, the film encourages viewers to create one that will work best for students. Its website gives suggestions to students, parents, teachers, school leaders and change agents on how to make changes in their community's education system.
Produced by documentary film maker Greg Whiteley, Most Likely To Succeed questions the effectiveness of the country's current educational system that remains virtually unchanged since it was created over 100 years ago even though the world and its economy have changed drastically. The film takes its viewers through a brief history of education in the U.S. before exploring a different approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes innovation, creativity and collaboration above rote memorization and standardized testing to better prepare today's students for the 21st century jobs market.

Most Likely To Succeed was shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film features the Gary and Jeri-Ann High Tech High (HTH) in San Diego, where teachers are encouraged to integrate curriculum into student projects, and students are engaged in project-based learning. An article in Forbes magazine about HTH CEO Larry Rosenstock describes the school as a place where "Students ... often teach each other: In one calculus class the students propose their own questions and answer them in front of everyone else. Internships and group projects replace a lot of textbook reading."

HTH receives strong financial support from the Jacobs family. Gary Jacobs is the son of Dr. Irwin Jacobs who graduated from New Bedford High School and went on to found Qualcomm. Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Joan, have supported a number of educational projects and programs in New Bedford, including the newly-opened Wattles Jacobs Education Center at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Global Learning Charter Public School, and New Bedford Public Schools. Each year, the Jacobs offer substantial scholarships to high school graduates from New Bedford who are pursuing college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by Global Learning Charter Public School in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum. You can find more information about the film at mlts.org. For questions about the local screening, contact GLCPS Director of Education and Community Outreach Lynn Poyant through email [email protected] or telephone at 508-991-4105. 

Learn more about what you can do to join the movement to bring about change to education.