OU’s Robert Wiggins to participate in Q&A panel at Hillel Day School
Robert Wiggins, professor and chair of Oakland University’s Teacher Development and Educational Studies program, will share his insights as part of a question-and-answer panel following a documentary film screening at Hillel Day School.
The acclaimed documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Hillel, which is located in Farmington Hills. Released in 2015, the film follows students and educators at a San Diego high school as they seek to move beyond the world of high-stakes testing toward an educational model that embraces creativity and self-expression. The film also addresses a central theme of how best to prepare students for lifelong success in the 21st century.
“For most students, the school experience today is not substantially different from what it was when K-12 school systems were first developed during the industrial revolution,” Dr. Wiggins explained. “If it is true, as (the late author and educator) Stephen Covey pointed out, we have moved beyond the ‘information age’ to the ‘knowledge worker age,’ we owe it to our students to provide schools that nurture students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. That is what 21st-century schooling should be about.”
Along with Dr. Wiggins, the panel features Dr. Isabelle Beaulieu, director, Oakland Neuropsychology Center; James Seaman, principal and Michigan studio director, Fielding Nair International; and Larry Baker, associate principal, Mercy High School. Steve Freedman, Hillel’s Head of School, will moderate the discussion.
The film was an official selection for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, among many other film festivals. Watch the film’s trailer at mltsfilm.org.
The screening is free and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, visit eventbrite.com/e/most-likely-to-succeed-tickets-23259919044.