Movies as Curriculum
© Beverley Paine
Last night we saw Armageddon, a science fiction movie where Bruce Willis saves the world from a disastrous impact with an asteroid. On our way out of the cinema and in the car on the way home the following aspects of the movie were explored:
This is quite a conversation, especially at that time of night! I don't know what National Educational Curriculum Outcomes it covers, or at what level... but it certainly shows that my children are not passive viewers of film media!
This is home education - real learning - conversational learning. It may not be recorded on paper, a term essay, a project, a comprehension exercise, etc. There is no one to satisfy, to give grades, only the participants are involved in the learning process.
Just how do you convey the depth of learning that occurs when a family engages in 'natural learning'. How do you convince the educational authorities, or anyone else, the people that continually question and seek to judge such a learning program?
The answer is, you can't, you don't, and you shouldn't!
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