Film Education Strategy : Importance, Scopes and Recommendations

What it is to be literate has become a dynamic concept in the 21st century. Globalized social shifts require a more wide-ranging set of skills and understandings and mean that competency in reading and writing paper text is no longer viewed as sufficient for contemporary studies. Here are the latest saviors in the field of education MOVIES as a good medium of learning. Teachers are also looking for better understanding tools for children and for themselves as well. 

Moving image education

Apart from traditional education setups, we need to buffer these zones where students not only get engaged but in fact, they would also enjoy the process of learning. What else would be better than the medium of films? But we need to string the chord in a right way. Otherwise, it could be misunderstood or misinterpreted.  

Separate the domains of documentation and fiction

As we all know that today most people have an idea of fictionalized and real characters. They know where the border lines should be drawn between both these genres. No matter how much mainstream will claim but they can identify that where are the elements of additional sorts.

Break the prototypes

Teachers, and I guess a lot of people who are identified by profession, seem to be portrayed in a sense as caricatures. They’re one-dimensional entities who are usually either incredibly incompetent or completely selfless saint-like figures who sacrifice everything for their students. We need to break this monotonous outlook and reform their relationship in a very engaging way with their students.

People often talk about the stereotype of the busy/lazy/ overwhelmed teacher who puts on a movie instead of doing “real” teaching. Real teaching is something which has been redefined after globalization and digitalization had happened.

In a recent study of more than 200 Australian teachers, many described how movies added audio and visual elements to learning and showcased a more personal, empathetic look at historical figures and events—both aspects that the teachers felt resonated with the learning styles and preferences of their pupils.


History will not be a mystery anymore

The allure of history movies is a major section of attraction. Typically the treatment with this subject has not been evolved. People who know all those incidents would never want to read or listen to those facts again and again but they will definitely want to see those movies and their innovative versions of any particular incident. Fact-based or fictional, realistic or fantastic, history movies shape the way people think about the past.


An easy way of learning languages

Another benefit of using film as an education medium is that it provides a source of authentic and varied language. Possibly films are the only medium which can convey messages beyond the boundaries of language. Sometimes you learn other languages as well.


Stand and Deliver (1988)

Based on a true story, Stand and Deliver depict a rebellious math teacher who transforms his seemingly hopeless, apathetic students into the top-scorers in the state. Just like Mr. Anand Kumar’s story, who delivers the great amount of knowledge to the needy section of our society.

Nil Battey Sannata (2015)

Nil Battey Sannata released internationally as The New Classmate, it was Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut. This film talks about the mother-daughter relationship but gives a sufficient amount of idea about the behavioral changes of students, classroom ambiances and pressures of results.

Chalk and Duster (2016)

A bunch of good actresses in a single film and the plot is based on the slightly neglected profession of our time. Which is teaching. The story has been developed in the premises of Indian context with references coming from the middle-class society. The film talks about teacher’s and student’s communication and highlights the problem of teachers and students where teaching way in the education system is changing day by day. It is Directed by Jayant Gilatar.


Lean on Me (1989)

1989 American dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. This movie brought about the controversial character of Mr. Joe Clark was played by Morgan Freeman. Who, just as the fictional character of Mr. Joe Clark, is a tough, hard, aggressive principal. Authoritarian issues of school ambiances and policies are one of the subjects of this film.


Do Dooni Char (2010)

Indian comedy-drama film, directed by Habib Faisal. The film is about a middle-class school teacher who tries to keep his wife and children happy in inflationary times and dreams of buying a car. In the end, it is not just the teacher who redeems himself by not succumbing to taking bribes, but also his children who begin to see him in the true light and importance of being a teacher and an honest citizen.