Film Screening – Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden – Nov 24, 2010

When: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 6-8pm
Where: Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge, 2205 Lower Mall, Building 1 (see map for directions)

Synopsis:

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 canon of knowledge with our own? Does life really get better for its people?

SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Once the film is over, the remainder of the evening will be set aside to discuss and reflect on the film. For more information on Schooling the World, the director and the movement, please visit the film’s website: http://schoolingtheworld.org/film/

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