On Friday, February 1st there will be a special viewing film "Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden". This important and timely film will be shown on campus at the University of Alberta, and is presented jointly by the Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council and International Week at the University of Alberta.
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 way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.
More information about the film, including trailers, clips, and essays can be found here:
A discussion guide for the film can be found here.
The viewing will take place at Telus 150 from 5:00-6:30pm on Friday, February 1st.