Thursday, 7 August 2014

Schooling the World

Schooling the World

The film

Published on 15 Jun 2013
O filme examina o pressuposto escondido da superioridade cultural por trás dos projetos de ajuda educacionais, que, no discurso, procuram ajudar crianças a "escapar" para uma vida "melhor".
Aponta a falha da educação institucional em cumprir a promessa de retirar as pessoas da pobreza -- tanto nos Estados Unidos quanto no chamado mundo "em desenvolvimento".
E questiona nossas definições de riqueza e pobreza -- e de conhecimento e ignorância -- quando desmascara o papel das escolas na destruição do conhecimento tradicional sustentável agroecológico, no rompimento das famílias e comunidades, e na desvalorização das tradições espirituais ancestrais.

Finalmente, ESCOLARIZANDO O MUNDO faz um chamado por um "diálogo profundo" entre as culturas, sugerindo que nós temos, ao menos, tanto a aprender quanto a ensinar, e que essas sociedades sustentáveis ancestrais podem ser portadoras do conhecimento que é vital para nossa própria sobrevivência no próximo milênio.

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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.
Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis,  a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO,  USAID, and the World Bank.
It  examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life.”
It looks at the failure of institutional education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty – here in the United States as well as in the so-called “developing” world.
And it questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty – and of knowledge and ignorance – as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of ancient spiritual traditions.
Finally, SCHOOLING THE WORLD calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millenia.

photography JIM HURST and  BEN KNIGHT   sound recording JIM HURST
produced by NEAL MARLENS, JIM HURST, and MARK GROSSAN directed and edited by CAROL BLACK
DVD-NTSC-R0   color/65 minutes   copyleft 2010 lost people films  WWW.SCHOOLINGTHEWORLD.ORG


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