Is School Enough? examines a new approach new approach to reshaping 21st century education: Empowering young people to learn from what they care about most, and helping them make an authentic difference in the world. Thanks to digital media, the Internet and new advances in understanding how students learn, educators are beginning to appreciate the importance of breaking out of the classroom and into the wider world. There’s a growing understanding that learning should not just be preparation for life, but is actually “life itself.”
The documentary documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. The film’s powerful stories show that when students have the opportunity to explore real interests and problems, they step up and perform at the highest level. This new approach reaches motivated students as well as kids that educators call “the bright and bored,” helping these learners tune in rather than drop out. Through the voices of these inspired students and America’s foremost education thought leaders, Is School Enough? provides an essential new understanding of what education can be.
Is School Enough? continues the national conversation filmmaker Stephen Brown began with Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, and examines self-directed education, and how schools can empower students to reach beyond the classroom to learn from what they care about most.
Funding provided by MacArthur Foundation and Pearson Foundation.