The documentary is an underrated genre in the film industry, often described as one for those who are so “crazy” about a topic, they have to make a film about it. However, some of these “crazy” people make amazing movies that you can’t stop watching. They suck you in, make you completely reanalyze a topic, and then spit you out wanting to do something about it. Below are five education documentaries I feel do exactly that.
- Waiting for Superman
Follows promising young students as they work through a school system that does not support their potential.
- The Lottery
Entrance to one of the finest schools in New York City is determined by a lottery selection, proving any student can succeed.
- American Teacher
Explores teachers’ points of view on their careers and the challenges they face every day.
- 2 Million Minutes
A four-part series that explores students from the United States, India, and China as they work toward higher education.
- The Pact
A provocative story of the “Three Doctors” who made a pact in their youth to help each other through challenges and reach their dreams.
There are plenty of other great education documentaries out there, but these are a few great ones to get you thinking. Do you have a favorite? Share it with us.
Written by: Travis Taggart
Travis is a regular contributor to the Ashford University blog.