- Directors: Jeremy Stuart
- Producers: Jeremy Stuart, Dustin Woodard
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- DVD Release Date: February 29, 2016
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01CDHXVAS
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom
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Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in Los Angeles pulls their two children out of one of the highest-rated schools in the area and takes their education into their own hands. In the quest to better their children’s lives, they must overcome long-standing assumptions about education and face the social ramifications of their bold decision.
Class Dismissed will challenge viewers to take a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and offer up a radical new way of thinking about the process of learning.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you ever watched "War on Kids" and didn't like that very much, and want to see what families do besides school, watch this movie. However, you may or may not like it. It all depends on your perspective, values, and beliefs when watching this film. In addition, there are also several speakers (who are knowledgeable on different educational choices) that talk about families and learning. Well I hope you enjoy!
Not too impressed with the filmmaker's choice of family to showcase as the case study. It appeared the director's intent was to draw hesitant, unsure audience members in by exhibiting a family they could relate to. But the tense, high-strung mother and passive step-father seemed to be setting an example of what not to do...letting their children sit around and do nothing, and then recreating the public schooling pedagogical fallacy by purchasing a traditional curriculum. Their little issue with the public school over the older girl's homework was inconsistent by the various family members' telling (the girl said she didn't get one of her assignments done...then the mother says in a separate shot, "She is such a good kid...she did the homework, just forgot to turn it in") and made little sense in context or otherwise. That scene made it seem like the mom was trying to protect her little snowflake from demerits (and hurt feelings?) rather than honestly pursuing quality education. This conflates a side issue of self esteem (especially as it is ineffectively and inappropriately practiced by so many well intended adults, who unwittingly make concern over a child's self esteem into an enabling crutch rather than a tool geared towards building pride in one's abilities through legitimate accomplishment) with the movie's overall message of pursuing quality education and is not relatable to viewers who see value in character building through the reasonable, moderate use of small stresses like demerits.
It was a bit clunky, but an adequate introduction to the idea that public schooling is neither satisfactory nor the only available option.