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A film maker best known for his horror pictures The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, in 2008 M. Night Shyamalan decided to take an active role in fixing the American education system. Although a novice to the world of classrooms and teachers, he believed there must be better ways to help our schools. To find educate himself, he and his foundation spent the next four years examining research in papers, journals and studies. His conclusion that many commonly held assumptions are wrong, like the belief that smaller class sizes are key to increased academic achievement, has brought criticism and dismissal from educators and reformers. But he stays steadfast in his conviction there are five basic keys to education success – no roadblock teachers, the right balance of leadership, feedback, smaller schools, and more time in school.
M. Night talks with KPCC’s Tess Vigeland and education experts about his ideas, which he outlines in his new book, I Got Schooled. His subtitle says it best: this is “the unlikely story of how a moonlighting movie maker learned the five keys to closing America’s education gap.” Do you agree with M. Night’s theory? What does an outsider bring that an insider does not? And why should people listen? Bring your questions and comments to the controversy, and be part of this conversation.
Host and moderator:
Tess Vigeland: KPCC host; reporter, producer and editor for public radio for more than 20 years
M. Night Shyamalan: film maker and advocate for education reform; author, “I Got Schooled”
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Program
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
This program is made possible in part by L.A. Universal Preschool and its support of our education programming. @LAUP4kids