Award-winning documentary 'Most Likely to Succeed' screening in ND

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Dickinson, N.D. - The American school system was designed 125 years ago, and a documentary took a closer look at the system, and found that not much has changed since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

The film "Most Likely To succeed" explores the possibilty of a school system built for the 21st century student and workforce.

Remember what you learned in grade school? Your child is probably learning the same thing.

But with the evolution of technology and the modern workplace, that may be a problem.

"It was designed to prepare people for essentially Henry Ford's assembly line. So basic three Rs, routine tasks, time efficient, and no errors, no creativity. It turns out none of those are valuable today," said Ted Dintersmith, executive producer, education advocate.

Dintersmith is screening the documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" around North Dakota.

It discusses what could happen if the traditional classroom system is integrated with creative problem solving, communication, and teamwork -- what employers are looking for in candidates.

"Apple computer recently said, a senior person there, we decided that any employee that needs a manager is no longer employable. We want people that can take initiative, identify problems, run with it, deliver solutions that make a difference," said Dintersmith.

The film asks audiences to look at the work and creativity of a student, rather than measure them by a number or test score.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says she wants to involve business leaders, elected officials and entire communities in on the conversation about education reform.

"The world is no longer rewarding our young people for what they know. Google knows everything. The Internet knows everything. The world is now rewarding our young people with what they can do with what they know," said Baesler.

"Most Likely to Succeed" has been featured at Sundance and several other international film festivals.