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Ridgefield Academy Plans Showing Of Educational Documentary

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield Academy will host a special screening of the documentary film "Most Likely to Succeed" on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

The film questions the effectiveness of the American public education. The film explores how well the public education system, which was designed in 1893, fits the needs of a high-tech society.

Most Likely to Succeed premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film is produced and directed by Greg Whiteley. Whiteley’s previous films include Mitt (2014), the documentary profile of Mitt Romney, and Resolved (2007). an award-winning look at a high school debate competition.

The Hollywood Reporter calls the film, a “smart and and engaging look at education in 21st century America.”

Alison O’Callaghan, Head of Landmark Preschool and Lower School at Ridgefield Academy, organized the event. “We are excited to be hosting the first local screening of this cutting edge educational documentary,'' she said. "Parents and faculty are invited to join us to see the evolution of schools through history and where they might be going in the future. We will conclude with a short discussion about the film.”

O’Callaghan will be leading the discussion. She is a graduate of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teachers College.

Most Likely to Succeed will be screened in Turner Hall. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Contact Julie Alzapiedi at jalzapiedi@ridgefieldacademy.org or at 203-894-1800 x102.

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