In preparation for teaching a classroom full of 25 eighth graders, Morgan Spurlock learned about the immersive approach that teachers at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, New York take in order to keep their students engaged, interested and stimulated – every minute of every day.
Those techniques include hand claps, snaps, and affirmations of success among fellow students. And free time – which is rare – is typically spent reading.
Be sure to watch the full Education episode of Morgan Spurlock's "Inside Man" Sunday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET
Be sure to watch the full episode Sunday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET
Finland has one of the best school systems in the world, and Morgan Spurlock spent a day in a Finnish 8th grade classroom where one of the day's lessons was called, “Things That Are Typically American”.
According to the textbook, Finnish kids associate the following with the typical American: Uncle Sam, McDonalds, Mickey Mouse, the Simpsons, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
One student admitted to Spurlock that he, in fact, does think Americans drive big trucks and eat fast food. The teacher made sure to point out that she didn't want the kids' view of Americans to be so stereotypical, calling the United States "a great country," saying: "There’s a lot to see and a lot more than just this hamburger culture."
Watch the Education episode of Morgan Spurlock's "Inside Man" Sunday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET