High Tech High Film Analysis

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In the existence of High Tech High and its apparent triumph of redefining student success and achieving it wholeheartedly through the film’s focus on Samantha and Brian, presents a positive portrayal of the potential benefits of such a unique curriculum for competency of “soft skills” rather than rote memorization of content knowledge. This is significant as it implies a direction for K-12 education to reform its focus from that of the educational purpose of social mobility to instead the educational purpose of social efficiency. This is heavily indicated with the almost apocalyptic depiction of artificial intelligence evolving from the standard image of automation of manufacturing to that of human geniuses like Russian chess player Gary Kasparov …show more content…
This is evident by Rosenstock’s dual anecdotes of studying for the bar exam and teaching carpentry to inner-city youth. In both examples, Rosenstock strives for educational growth and achievement without relying on reviewing flash cards with key terms drilled into people’s minds or other mechanical means of learning. Instead, both he and his students learn through interconnection of various fields of study and by extension application of those interconnections through the example of students building furniture through applying geometric concepts. As a result, High Tech High rather than pressuring students and teachers to focus their times and energies to standardized testing to instead be utilized within the educational dynamics that were shown in Rosenstock’s time as a …show more content…
This is a given in the fact that the economy is less reliant upon the physical labor needed for industries like manufacturing and instead more reliant on mental labor and human capital abundant in industries like education, tech, healthcare, and law. The current model of education was made to satisfy the demands of industrialists like Vanderbilt, Stanford, Rockefeller, etc. in having an obedient labor force for factories in the Industrial age. Yet, the economy as it stands needs a highly educated and adaptive work force that can utilize interdisciplinary knowledge, teamwork, and innovation. High Tech High provides the model for how students can prepare for the new

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