July 6, 2020

Country School Screens “Most Likely to Succeed” Feb. 4, Acclaimed Film on Future of Education; All Welcome

A scene from 'Most Likely to Succeed,' a documentary being screened at The Country School, Feb. 5.

A scene from Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary about the future of education being screened at The Country School, Feb. 4.

AREAWIDE – The Country School is pleased to join the national conversation about the future of education when on Thursday, Feb. 4, it hosts a screening of the acclaimed documentary Most Likely to Succeed.  A question & answer session and discussion with education leaders will take place following the screening. Panelists include Tom Scarice, Superintendent of Madison Public Schools; Douglas Lyons, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; and Laura Pappano, an award-winning journalist whose work often focuses on education.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:15 p.m. in The Country School’s DeFrancis Gymnasium. Space is limited, so attendees are asked to preregister at www.thecountryschool.org.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 9.11.43 PMMost Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States and explores the shortcomings of the current system, which was designed in 1893 for a very different world. The film explores new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching and prepare students to thrive and be innovators in the 21st century.

Since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last January, Most Likely to Succeed has been shown at venues across the country. In Connecticut, other schools and colleges hosting screenings have included Yale and Choate Rosemary Hall.

Most Likely to Succeed, directed by Greg Whiteley, has received rave reviews from educators, film critics, and journalists. From Sal Khan of Khan Academy: “The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating, and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.” From the Huffington Post: Most Likely to Succeed offers “a message Americans need to hear, and desperately test.”

Learn more about the film at www.mltsfilm.org.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share this groundbreaking film with the broader community, and we are delighted to welcome Tom Scarice, a leader in the discussion of education reform in the public sector; Douglas Lyons, a leader in the independent sphere; and Laura Pappano, whose thought-provoking books and articles invite us all to consider new approaches,” said John Fixx, Head of School at The Country School. “The future of education belongs to all of us, and we are thrilled to come together in a public-private partnership to share ideas about how we can make learning meaningful, lasting, and relevant in a changing world.”