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THE TEST AND THE ART OF THINKING
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"WHAT DO WE, AS AMERICANS, VALUE? HOW DO THE GOALS OF THE SAT REFLECT THE CHARACTER OF OUR SOCIETY? THESE QUESTIONS ARE MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN ONE MAY EXPECT FROM A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A TEST, AND THEY ARE WHAT MAKE THE FILM TRULY WORTH A WATCH."
CASEY TINSTON; AWARDS RADAR
"FINDS ONLY MORE GROUNDS FOR CONTROVERSY — INCLUDING THE EXAMS' ENCROACHING EFFECT ON WHAT GETS TAUGHT IN HIGH SCHOOL"
DAVID FERGUSON; RED CARPET CRASH
"DAVIS’ FILM EXAMINES THE HIGHER ED SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, ULTIMATELY SHOWING THAT “INTELLECT” IS SUBJECTIVE – AND OFTEN DIFFICULT TO MEASURE. THIS INFORMATIVE DOCUMENTARY, JUST LIKE A STUDENT’S LIFE, IS ABOUT FAR MORE THAN A TEST."
GEORGI PRESECKY; IMPRESSIONIST MEDIA
ABOUT THE FILM
Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multibillion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity. In the new documentary feature The Test & the Art of Thinking, filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system — and our society as a whole.
Released: 2017 – Rating: NR – Duration: 95 minutes
Exclusive FILMED Q&A
AKIL BELLO - Moderator; Educator, speaker, and entrepreneur.
AKIL BELLO
Moderator; Educator, speaker, and entrepreneur.
ANDREW HO, PH.D.
Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
ANDREW HO, Ph.D. - Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
MARIE BIGHAM - Founder and Executive Director of ACCEPT
MARIE BIGHAM
Founder and Executive Director of ACCEPT
NED JOHNSON
Founder of PrepMatters, host of the podcast PrepTalks
NED JOHNSON - Founder of PrepMatters, host of the podcast PrepTalks
ALLISON LOPOUR - Master Counselor at Collegewise
ALLISON LOPOUR
Master Counselor at Collegewise
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