A movie a week

Schools for Humans

We’ll be enacting a lot of oddball ideas at our school. One of the simpler ones — and yet one I’m most excited about! — is to watch a movie together each week.

What, you ask? With droves of subjects to be explored, with scads of skills to be mastered, why would we frivol away precious class time passively staring at a (gulp) screen? Can’t kids do that at home? Isn’t this too easy? Doesn’t this go against the whole idea of the school?!

Nope! Let’s explore this.

When I was in school, I often saw teachers use movies foolishly: as “treats” (they rarely were), as history lessons (they’re typically terrible history!), and as (it seemed) excuses for the teachers to take breaks.

We’ll use ’em much better.

Movies provoke moral questions.

Should we root against King Kong, or for him? Are the Greeks adventurers in the 1963 Jason…

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