Three apparently diverse documentaries, available for free, with a strong common theme of the educational benefits of giving children of all ages REAL responsibility
What do 5-year-old Norwegians, 10-year-old Hungarians and 15-year-old British have in common?
Three apparently diverse stories turn out to share a powerful educational message; kids not only know the difference between pretend and real responsibility, but the latter can work miracles.
See Through Education, previously known as ‘Learning for Real’, is now an open source See Through News project to stimulate public discussion about what education is for, how we learn, and how we should teach.
Through three apparently diverse films about 5-year-olds climbing mountains in Arctic Norway, 10-year-olds running a railway in Hungary, and 14-year-olds conserving critically-endangered orchids in rural England, See Through Education explores what it really means to teach and be taught.
Clips from these films have been licensed for use as teaching materials in higher education courses around the world.
The documentaries were originally made by See Through News Gift Horse Distributor Robert Stern for Litmus Films.
See Through News is pleased to offer these three films for free, as part of our Goal of Speeding Up Carbon Drawdown by Helping the Inactive Become Active. Robert is also happy to offer screenings and filmmaker Q&A events for free, for educational or fundraising purposes.
These can been done in person in the UK, or online, anywhere. Every screening leaves as much time for audience discussion as for the films. The composition of the audience means no two screenings are the same, but they’re always stimulating and fun.
Here’s how the screening is structured
Arctic Outdoor Preschool
After a brief intro, challenging the audience to find what links the three 20-minute documentaries we’re about to see, we show this first film. Here’s a taster (full film available on the See Through News YouTube channel See Through Education playlist)
The Budapest Children’s Railway
After some Q&A, any interest in the filmmaker or filmmaking usually quickly turns to discussion of the philosophy and practice exemplified by the Tussenladen Outdoor Preschool.
Inter-audience dialogue usually comes quite naturally, and it’s an early opportunity to elicit the different perspectives of teachers, parents and children.
After 5-10 minutes, move on to the next film, with a short introduction saying we’re now moving south across Europe to Hungary, and up a few years to 10-14 year olds.
Here’s the taster for The Budapest Children’s Railway, full film available on the STN YouTube channel.
Some more Q&A, and this is usually a good time for a coffee break, and more informal conversation and interaction.
Sir’s Happy Little Greenhouse World
After the break, feed back some of the ‘offline’ comments you may picked up during the break, and encourage some responses.
It’s now time for the final of the three films.
We move to rural Somerset, and up a few years to 14-15 year olds. Here’s the taster, full film on the YouTube channel Playlist.
After this film, the audience usually needs no encouragement to seek the connecting theme of real responsibility, but do elicit that if necessary.
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