UM to screen education film

Missoula Current

The University of Montana and Phi Delta Kappa will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the University Center Theater.

The event is free and open to the public, and a dialogue about what matters today for students will follow.

Most Likely to Succeed” offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of – if they have the vision and courage to transform schools.

Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of the world’s top film festivals in 2015, including Sundance, Tribeca and AFI DOCS, and it has been featured at leading conferences on education. As more than 2,300 communities screened “Most Likely to Succeed” during the past year, audience members called it the most compelling film ever made on the topic of school.

With a school system designed in 1893, the U.S. ranks 18th in education out of 23 industrialized countries, and only one in four high school students graduates college-ready in English, math and science, according to the documentary.

“Most Likely to Succeed” aims to spur meaningful discussions among educators, administrators, parents and students on overcoming current obstacles and initiating change on a local level through community-wide commitment and transformational initiatives.