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NOVA: School of the Future: A Film Analysis

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NOVA: School of the Future

NOVA: School of the Future: A Film Analysis

The film shows the current status of education in America, how the American students are performing compared to their counterparts in Asia and Europe. Though United States is perceived as a global power and a highly industrialized country still one of its pitfalls is its education system. Not only does it struggle with inequality of opportunities due to difference in race or skin color. Inequalities are also manifested in education, with the way children are prepared, the widening gap between the rich and poor children. Everything is part of the big challenge to transform the system. NOVA, as referred to as the School of the Future is designed to explore the different aspects of the science of learning and technological innovations to create a new vision of education for all. Likewise, teachers, students, parents and even scientists are engaged to participate in the transformation.

What is the School of the Future like?
The school of the future utilizes recent researches to redesign the education particular with the help of insights on how the brain works. Neuroscience revealed, stress, sleep, mindset and emotions are factors affecting learning. Technology also influences the engagement and inspiration of the students. With the NOVA program the commitment to education and reach out to the American students is strengthened.

'School of the future' does not imply that the schools envisioned are filled with the newest gadgets or computers. It is different from the techno filled interpretation in commercial films that would create an image of students riding hover boards or using flying objects like iPads, phones or computers. The idea in school of the future focus on the emerging individualized and innovative learning experience and creating a more interactive learning environment that will help in developing the full potential of the students.

Features of the School of the Future

Exploration of the way brains are learning even at an early age is the key to pedagogy. Neuroscience showed through research that the brain structure correlates to socioeconomic status. The intervention given through enhanced literacy program has impact on the development of the brain of the child. This is supported by the growing mindset theory that was being tested by psychologists. The belief of students’ in their own abilities to learn and improve can predict their achievement that is why giving rewards when students try to solve difficult problems until they succeed works as a strategy. Attitude and effort are also of equal importance in developing cognitive abilities. The emotional engagement is significant too. Students coming from troubled neighborhoods are more likely to be emotionally engaged on certain topics especially the ones which highlights the responses to basic survival.

Tapping on the emotional level of the students such as doing hands-on project and tangible outcome sin Geometry and Science classes gets the students engaged too in solving problems. In the school of the future it is important to focus on the development and teaching of the child as a whole. Where it is not only the academics that is being taught but there should also be emotional and social supports that will make all of their experiences significant. It is also about equipping the students with 21st century skills that will make them relevant in the demanding culture of the workforce.

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Gender should not be a hindrance or another factor for the gap in educating the students. There must be equal opportunities for both male and female particularly in science and engineering. And in eliminating the gap in education, the social identity, stereotypes and language barriers must also be taken off. Educating the child means getting rid of isolation and instead fosters a sense of belonging. Integrating digital technology to create a personalized learning environment must promote individualized or independent learning in a way that students gets the chance to go deeper on subjects they feel most interested in. Long-term memory retention is also a big factor in the school of the future. Prompts that lead to the active retrieval process means there is a robust ideas kept in the memory of the students that replaces the highlighting and re-reading of notes in the traditional school (PBS, 2016).


PBS (Director). (2016). NOVA:School of the Future [Motion Picture].

NOVA School of the Future

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