This online screening is being presented FREE to the public from February 4 to February 8, through a special partnership with the filmmakers.
Chasing Childhood is a feature length documentary that explores a phenomenon affecting kids from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Overprotected and over-directed, American children are wilting under the weight of well-meaning parents. In the pursuit of keeping them safe and creating an impressive resumé of extracurricular activities to wow admissions boards, over-parenting smothers children across socioeconomic classes. This thoughtful film follows education professionals and reformed helicopter parents who seek and offer solutions for developing more confident, independent young people while restoring some joy and freedom to childhood.
Margaret Munzer Loeb, Eden Wurmfeld | Documentary | 78 minutes | USA | FREE
**Film link will be sent to you in your confirmation email and active from Feb 4 – 8 only.
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Watch a special Q&A after the film with:
Dr. Michael Hynes – Superintendent of Schools, Port Washington, New York. Dr. Hynes mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. He emphasizes the importance of play, recess in schools, mental health, yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He is also a public school advocate, TEDx speaker, and author of numerous articles on school leadership.
Dr. Peter Gray – Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. His book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, is available in 18 languages. His four new collections of essays can be purchased now at Tipping Points Press. You can read his Psychology Today blog and follow him on Facebook.
Dr. Lori Koerner – Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Personnel; Dr. Koerner spent the first 26 years of her career as an elementary school teacher, having taught every grade. She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, and served as an adjunct professor of special education at several universities in New York. Her research has been centered on educating the whole child; that is, developing students’ social competencies, emotional well-being, and physical fitness through recess and play so that they are best equipped to meet their maximum academic potential. Dr. Koerner is a mom of four, and a bold advocate for children. She has written numerous articles for national magazines regarding paradigm shifts necessary for 21st century learning. Dr. Koerner has presented across the country regarding innovation in education. Her book, Actually, I Can: Inspiration, Empowerment and Leadership is due out this month.
Oana Scholl, LCSW – School Social Worker, Great Neck North High School. Oana Scholl is a social worker who has held various roles in the mental health field over the years, including working in several schools, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, drug rehabilitation and prevention. She has been a school social worker in the Great Neck Public Schools since 2002 and is currently the social worker at John L. Miller, Great Neck North High School. Ms. Scholl has two children aged 10 and 12.
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“An intriguing and thought-provoking film forces us to wonder what the future holds when many parents are so controlling of their kid’s lives.” –Unseen Films
“Chasing Childhood is a powerful statement on today’s ways of parenting and the deprivation of American children’s freedom.” –2020 DOC NYC
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