RE:Thinking Movie Claims Being ‘Good at School’ Means Knowing How to Play the ‘Game of School’

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CMRubinWorld’s new interview with Rachel Ferro, co-director of the acclaimed new film RE:THINKING says being “good at school” is about memorizing answers, not about “thinking” and becoming a lifelong learner.

An important new documentary film, RE:THINKING, examines the education approaches of three public schools which are innovating learning in the United States. In an interview with CMRubinWorld, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Rachel Ferro explains that over the course of making the film she learned that “a traditional education does not encourage thinking, instead it encourages conforming to a system that doesn’t value the individual child and completely misses the point when it comes to learning.” Ferro argues that when a student is used to being meta-cognitive they can, “take ownership over their own learning process,” and that this, “leads to much deeper understanding of whatever it is they are learning about.”

When asked by C.M. Rubin what being “good at school” should mean, Ferro discusses the importance of building new knowledge: “…being good at school should mean asking questions instead of memorizing answers…understanding how you think about things and using that knowledge for the purpose of building new knowledge rather than just consuming information.”

While teachers in the three schools featured agreed it was hard to predict exactly what students will need to know in the future, Ferro says they acknowledge that students need to be “flexible” with the ability to work “collaboratively” and to, “embody what it means to be a lifelong learner.”

Rachel Ferro has been the lead editor and cinematographer at Photosynthesis Productions LLC since January 2014. She is also the Director of Video at Floralia Films. She produced the documentary film, Tell Me the Day Backwards.

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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