If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change how children are educated.
The U.S. Government was aware of this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, thousands of volunteers around the world are building schools in traditional societies convinced that the best way to improve the lives of indigenous children is through Western-style education. But it this true? What really happens to these traditional culture’s when we replace their way of learning and understanding with our own?
Schooling the World is a thought-provoking, sometimes funny film, that looks at how modern education is effecting the the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures. It questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty – and of knowledge and ignorance – as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of ancient spiritual traditions.