The problem and promise of schooling the world

The documentary Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden is being screened Feb. 1 as part of UAlberta's International Week events.

(Edmonton) Organizers of the University of Alberta’s International Week are hoping a lot of educators and education students come to a special film screening event Feb. 1.

The documentary Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden was chosen for an International Week event by the Global, Environmental, & Outdoor Education Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association. The film will cap off a three-day conference being held in conjunction with International Week.

Jessica Scalzo, one of the event organizers, says the documentary fits with the association’s symposium, which explores global social justice issues in Alberta classrooms as well as ways to make Alberta classrooms more socially just.

Schooling the World looks at the historic and future impact of countries like the United States taking on the role of educators for children in indigenous cultures in the developing world.

“This film reaffirms my belief in the human imperative of education,” said Scalzo.

“It reveals the realities of the colonial legacy of education and the grim current state of affairs, but it also highlights the hope that remains in the power of learning.”

International Week organizers are hoping the film and the three-day symposium appeal to a wide audience. Scalzo says the event has something for teachers all the way from kindergarten to Grade 12, for U of A students and instructors, and for members of the general public.

Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden runs Friday Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. at the TELUS Centre on the U of A North Campus. Admission is free.