Approaching the Elephant

Amanda Rose Wilder
| 2014
| 89 min

A school with no rules sounds like every kid’s dream. The Teddy McArdle Free School in small town New Jersey is experimenting with this very idea – populated with children who don’t fit into more traditional establishments, the school allows anyone to call a meeting, rules are made by consensus, and classes are not compulsory. Filmmaker Amanda Wilder observes the school in classic observational style over the course of a year. As the year unfolds and the challenges of attempting to establish a new educational ideology become clear, the film forces us all to consider the overarching hypothesis: exactly what should education look like in the 21st Century?

Amanda Rose Wilder
Jay Craven, Robert Greene, Amanda Rose Wilder
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