‘Most Likely to Succeed’: An education documentary designed to engage the students

| February 10, 2015

February 03, 2015 • By Lindsey Bahr — AP Film Writer • U.S. News & World Report

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — For all the hand-wringing about the American education system, for most families, the problems only become evident when they hits the home. At least that was the case for director Greg Whiteley (“Mitt”) who saw his vivacious, bright and engaged daughter nearly give up on the system in fourth grade.

“She decided that was it. She sat me down and had a very serious talk. She said: ‘Look Dad, I just don’t think I need to go to school anymore,'” Whiteley said.

He and his wife shrugged it off as a typical phase of adolescence and kept their daughter in school, but then things worsened.

“As I forced her to go to school and just complete these math worksheets, I could see that something was dying in her,” he said.

In a somewhat fortuitous coincidence, around this time, Whiteley met longtime venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith, who then introduced him to “The Global Achievement Gap” author Tony Wagner.

Whiteley’s mission became clear: The problem was in the system, not the student.

In his film “Most Likely to Succeed,” Whiteley focuses on an arbitrarily antiquated American education system that was designed for a very different economy and workforce.


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