An Education Official Trailer

In the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, a bright schoolgirl is torn between studying for a place at Oxford and the rather more exciting alternative offered to her by a charismatic older man. Written by Nick Hornby, the writer behind High Fidelity and About A Boy:
Video Rating: 4 / 5

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit:
Video Rating: 4 / 5

36 Comments to “An Education Official Trailer”

  1. Girls… A diploma is your first husband. Stay in school. The girls who trusted their boyfriend blindly are now pregnant/had a baby already or are working in the local supermarket.

  2. @GracelessDementor she was intelligent, not clever

  3. @LoneSomeSong no…. i mean yes,,, i mean maybe. i mean idk, i mean no.

  4. @GracelessDementor Understandable. But being smart and being wise is different. She was a kid charmed by a man who showed her the world. From the point of view of a 16-year-old such as herself, who has had no experience in life aside from what she has learned from books and school, it IS rather attracting.

  5. If you go to Paris you’ll certainly have fun but how are you supposed to pay the trip when you don’t have a job… So maybe going to Oxford if you’re so good is not a very big waste of time. On the contrary, I think it’s smarter to choose to follow somethign that will lead you somewhere in life instead of letting an old womanizer drive you mad. How immature is that? Gosh I thought you were intelligent, Jenny 😉

  6. If im a single guy and watch this alone by myself will i be classified as gay?

  7. Whats the name of the song at the beginning?

  8. I feel old. But not very wise. -Carey Mulligan An Education.

  9. But I want to go to Paris and have FUN! 🙁

  10. @GracelessDementor usually people who get good grades in those types of schools etc… they might be just like jenny, trust me. i have friends who seem so innocent, have perfect grades… but if u hand them a cigarette they would smile and take it and just sleep with girls even. lol…

  11. @jhsakanakha AN EDUCATION!

  12. I don’t really know why did this movie make such an impression on me. It’s quite weird, and maybe unrealistic but so…I don’t know, good and instructive. I loved the movie.

  13. @GracelessDementor
    One can be intelligent without being wise, especially if one is young.
    Besides she didn’t want to drop out of school initially after David’s proposal. She was hesitant until her parents told her to get married. And her assessment of female professional careers following university was correct at that time; she couldn’t have known how dramatically things would change in her lifetime.

  14. You have grabbed my attention and I am curious about what comes next.

  15. @ekmad Thanks for being completely ignorant and rude. Also I’ll have you know that I didn’t spoil anything. Everything that I said is pretty much established in the first few scenes of the film or established in the trailer. I didn’t tell you about the twist in the end, how her education turns out or how all the characters were resolved. So calm the fuck down and live your life.

  16. @GracelessDementor Thanks, for ignoring my complaint knob jockey.

  17. @ekmad Thanks for the lovely comment, asshole.

  18. @GracelessDementor thanks for the spoilers dickhead

  19. @florydory Bottom line–you concede that kids will not be educated without some guidance. How much guidance? When does guidance become force? If the child is just lazy (think disutility of labor) do you just let him avoid learning things that don’t come “naturally”? Your reversion to biological processes here reveals the weakness of your position regarding actual learning situations. The video is not about school’s ignoring biological processes.

  20. @danocatster Natural biological needs/drives, such as movement –required 4 maturation of the vestibular system, spinal health, coordination of muscle sets, support 4 heart, lung, nervous system & digestive heath– are not “romantic” nor R they subject to ideology. A child learning 2 crawl doesn’t decide if its “worth it”, a preteen doesn’t decide 2 begin puberty, nor can a parent MAKE these things happen. Ignoring human developmental stages is unlikely 2 lead to a child having an education! 😀

  21. @florydory I did not change the subject. The disutility of labor is about being able to work for indirect satisfaction which is judged greater than current leisure. It’s about deferring gratification–which is why adults make kids do things for their own long term good–potty training, learning to read, etc. Again, a “natural developmental perspective” as outlined by people who hold romantic-era notions about the primacy of nature, will be unlikely to lead to a child having an education.

  22. @danocatster You changed the subject. The “modes of thinking” I referred to were specifically about the “disutility of labor” (not mature thinking in general). Nor did I say that children should be abandoned to follow every impulse, or that adults play no role in preparing an educational environment. I believe the opposite to be true. However, what children NEED from a natural developmental perspective, and what children GET in the current system –are often in direct conflict with each other.

  23. @florydory ” The failure of adults is to assume children possess our same modes of thinking.” This is not a FACT either. In fact because we know they don’t is why we steer them in one direction or another.

    ” Children R driven to explore & challenge.” But this, even if true, doesn’t mean that it will translate into them having an education. It may lead them to play video games all day and tell you that your own philosophy says not to force them to do anything–so get lost.

  24. I am crying. This makes me feel so sad. I am a teacher. I am so depressed.

  25. @danocatster >The fact is that much of what we need to learn is anything but natural and requires the overcoming of some “disutility of labor”. < None of this is a "fact." The FACT is that children R naturally "bundles of energy" that are unrelenting in their work- which is "to grow up and get big." The toddler "working to learn" to walk, gets up again and again The failure of adults is to assume children possess our same modes of thinking. Children R driven to explore & challenge.

  26. @johnpapola I have and they love them–want them for their ipods! I can’t thank you enough for them!

    But video mixes some decent analysis with faddish baloney about how learning is natural and just happens if we let it. The fact is that much of what we need to learn is anything but natural and requires the overcoming of some “disutility of labor”.

  27. Certainly there are some probs with the pub education system-boring & just plain bad teachers for instance, & the self-serving hierarchy-but the main prob is the parents & culture, whose probs show up in the students. The general methods are fine & not a source of complaint in private schools, nor in Asia. Students, if they knew bettter, would demand uniforms & discipline, In Asia, students are like opening flowers, in US pub schools, like wilted weeds. wake up or lose out.

  28. @how3owl It is good that you took 3 years of science. For the non-sci type such education drives home the idea that sci&tech have valid procedures for solving problems, that the claims of sci-techs should be given ear, and that the whole geschmear is marvelous and full of promise. Also, such education arms the public to be wary of kookly claims, for instance, that there is a science of healing crystals, or that one can be healthy on bad diet and lack of exersize if one takes certain pills.

  29. @danocatster I know Bob Murphy. He’s a great guy and economist. Have you shown your kids the Keynes vs. Hayek rap videos I produced with Russ Roberts?

  30. I’ve seen this video be used as proof of “See? See? This is why homeschooling is better!” What lots of people fail to realize is that most homeschooling parents look up guides and books and join groups for help with educating their children, which is good, but it then leans more towards the factory model. It teaches parents that there is one easy solution for their kids. It takes the public school model, but without the same amount of collaboration and calls it better, more creative.

  31. oh, ritalin, thats what its called >:D

  32. @johnpapola ” Is standing in front of 30 bored kids repeating something they’ll forget in a month productive at all?” Kind of a straw man. I teach, I’m using Bob Murphy’s Lessons for the Young Economist as my economics text. I can assure you I’m not “repeating something they’ll forget in a month”. The kids eat it up–I have over 40 students this year. Last year out of my 14 students, two are going to college to study economics who knew little about it before my class.

  33. @danocatster who is “we” when you say “we have to teach something”? And why? Is standing in front of 30 bored kids repeating something they’ll forget in a month productive at all? I don’t think so. I think it’s a waste. But that’s why I’m sending my son to a Waldorf school. I have the choice because I can afford it. Given our govt spending, every kid could if they had the choice to leave their zip code school for something that isn’t boring, bloated and bureaucratic.

  34. @johnpapola “schools discovering the best techniques for teaching kids and kids and parents discovering what is actually worth learning.”
    I think this is being attempted–too much actually. There are so many crank teaching methods out there, like the one’s being pushed in this video.
    As far as what’s worth learning, the world is changing all the time but we have to teach something. That something may be completely irrelevant no matter who “discovers” it.

  35. @danocatster I’m talking about the broader issue of schools discovering the best techniques for teaching kids and kids and parents discovering what is actually worth learning. We don’t have any of that. Instead, we have a highly standardized and rote set of institutions in K-12. This is surely because the whole deal is monopolized by the government and run like a bureaucracy.

  36. @johnpapola Bottom up discovery—are you talking about how learning is done in class or how schools are administrated or both or something else?

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