PhotoSynthesis Productions Presents:
A film about education in America
"If you are an educator looking to make a difference in schools today, RE:THINKING is a 'must see.' Are we preparing students for a future that they are prepared for or one that we are comfortable with?"
~Richard M. Hayzler
Principal, Pequannock Valley School, New Jersey
"Consider the conversation started."
"Watch all the way to the end; this is the dream."
"This is a must see for policymakers, school administrators, and the general public."
~ Mark Walsh, Ed Week
~ Susan Blum
~ Sebastian Ruth
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What if as well as teaching students what to think, we also taught them how to think? This simple but profound idea is the foundation for RE:THINKING, the new educational documentary that inspires us to rethink schools. It gives insight to policy makers, school administrators, parents, and the public. It offers hope to those seeking more from the current educational system.
RE:THINKING is a film that shows rather than tells. It captures the voices of students, teachers, administrators and researchers and shows what can happen when they are all on the same page. This is not a film that rests on educational platitudes, either. RE:THINKING dives deeply into the research and practice of what it looks like when students are asked to think and what it means to teach thinking skills in the classroom. Following the work of Drs. Derek and Laura Cabrera of Cornell University, RE:THINKING follows four school districts over the course of three years as they successfully meet public education requirements, while embracing a culture that emphasized thinking over memorization and valued the individual child not as an empty vessel to be filled but as an adult-in-training.
Dr. Laura Cabrera explains, “When children understand how they think, any idea is possible and any goal achievable.” RE:THINKING shows us that the key to learning—as well as a just democracy—isn’t for students to be docile consumers of information but active builders of knowledge. Better thinkers in turn are more creative, more competent, and eager to solve problems and contribute to democratic society. Producer and Director, Deborah C. Hoard, explains, “There is no better place than education, to use the power of film to bring about social change.”
Trailers & Topic Teasers
Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY, is a founding member of the Coalition for Essential Schools, a democratic education pioneer, and an active adopter of innovative pedagogy, including the use of DSRP Systems Thinking and metacognition as part of the academic curriculum. As Movers & Shapers, students are encouraged to discover their strengths and interests as part of a curriculum designed to foster individual, self-directed learning.
Green Hills School in Green Township, New Jersey, is ied by a leadership team who works diligently to foster A Culture of Thinking in their students and teachers, placing an emphasis on empowering learners and educators alike to facilitate the building of knowledge and self-awareness needed to become life-long learners & active citizens.
Bard Early College High School places a high value on making sure students are effective Writers & Thinkers, seeing the process as essential to how a student learns to construct, reflect upon, and refine complex ideas and concepts. In this way, students are prepared to approach and solve the wicked problems of today and those of the future.