The Best Documentaries About Education  

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List Rules Documentaries about schools, teachers, teaching, and education.

This list has been ranked by the community to determine the best documentaries about education. This list includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent documentary films about education to be voted on, with videos. What is the best documentary about education? This list will let you know!

With every vote, the order of the list will change to see which documentary about education comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the existing titles so that others may vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as, Race to Nowhere about over-scheduled students who are pressured to succeed, and Waiting for Superman about public education and how it affects children.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.

Vote up your favorite documentaries about education below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Race to Nowhere
Race to Nowhere is a 2009 documentary film written by Maimone Attia and directed by Vicki Abeles and Jessica Congdon.
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Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, Joel Klein
The Lottery is a 2010 documentary film about the controversy surrounding public and charter schools in the United States, directed by Madeleine Sackler. The film was produced by Blake ...more
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Mad Hot Ballroom is a documentary film by director Marilyn Agrelo and writer and producer Amy Sewell about a ballroom dance program in the New York City Department of Education, the New York ...more
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The War on Kids
The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film takes a look at public school education in America and concludes that schools are not only failing to ...more
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Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The ...more
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Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. The film analyzes the failures of the American public education system by ...more
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American Teacher is a 2011 documentary film co-directed by Vanessa Roth and Brian McGinn and produced by The Teacher Salary Project. It follows the format of the book Teachers Have It Easy: The ...more
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Spellbound is a 2002 documentary that was directed by Jeffrey Blitz. The film follows eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was nominated for the Academy Award ...more
I Am a Promise: The Children o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Education
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School is a 1993 documentary film about the pupils at Stanton Elementary School, an inner city school in Philadelphia. The film won the Academy ...more
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Precious Knowledge
Precious Knowledge is a 2011 political documentary centered on the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District of Arizona. It was directed by Ari Palos ...more
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The Cartel
The Cartel is a 2009 American documentary film by New Jersey-based television producer, reporter and news anchor Bob Bowdon, that covers the failures of public education in the United States by ...more
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Unfinished Spaces
Unfinished Spaces is a 2011 documentary film about the revolutionary design of the National Art Schools. The film tells the dramatic story of the art schools from their founding by Fidel Castro ...more
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napjerks added A Touch of Greatness
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Tom Bosley
The Paper Clips Project, by middle school students from the small southeastern Tennessee town of Whitwell, created a monument for the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany. It started in 1998 as a ...more
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Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution
Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution is a 2008 documentary film directed by Dan Treharne.
The Textbooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Education
The Textbooks
The Text Books is an Iranian documentary by Mahmoud Shoolizadeh. It introduces the strengths and weaknesses of textbooks in Iran, the editors, experts and teachers explain their views and critic ...more
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Jewel Staite, Samuel Ball, Heather Habecker
The Pact is a 2011 horror drama short film written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy.
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Our School
Our School is a 2011 documentary film directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma. "Our School follows three Roma (commonly known as Gypsy) children in a rural Transylvanian village who ...more
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Brooklyn Castle is a 2012 documentary film directed by Katie Dellamaggiore.
Class Dismissed: a Film About ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Education
Jeremy Stuart added Class Dismissed: a Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom
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Jeremy Eastman added Grey Matters: Teaching The Way the Brain Learns
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All American High is a 1987 documentary film directed by Keva Rosenfeld that chronicles the life of the 1984 senior class at Torrance High School. The film is narrated by the Finnish exchange ...more
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Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon is a 2009 documentary film written, directed, and produced by Mary Mazzio about inner NYC teens that compete in an annual business plan competition run by the ...more
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The World According to Sesame Street
The World According to Sesame Street is a 2006 documentary film created by Participant Productions, looking at the cultural impact of the children's television series Sesame Street, and the ...more