Flunked the Movie Coming to Wichita

A must see for those who care about education

(WICHITA, Kansas) – You won’t see violence or suspense in the movie Flunked, but it is truly a scary show, as it foretells serious trouble ahead for American students.

The average American student is no longer able to compete academically. In Kansas, nearly six out of ten eighth grade students have substandard math skills, nearly half are not good readers, and four students out of ten fail to graduate from high school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

These fundamental skills are critical in today’s workplace and economy, and recent studies indicate American students are falling far behind students in other countries.

As dire as it seems, this story has a hero, in fact many heroes. These heroes are teachers and principals who are achieving great success with their creative approaches to education. The movie Flunked profiles these heroes, and highlights the common threads of successful education: strong leadership, high standards, excellent teachers, and solid curricula.

Flunked has been widely hailed as a groundbreaking film, racking up awards such as Best Educational Documentary at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, Honorable Mention in the Accolade Competition, and has been accepted into the San Fernando Valley International Film Festival.

The movie will premiere in Wichita on Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 North Broadway. Producer Steve Maggi will be on hand for questions. The one-time-only showing is sponsored by the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, Americans for Prosperity-Kansas, and Citizens for Better Education. These groups hope the movie will provide inspiration, ideas, and dialogue about improving the education of our children.

This event is open to the public at no cost, although school supply donations are encouraged.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a reception and refreshments. The show will run from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Make reservations by calling the Flint Hills Center at 634-0218, or at www.flinthills.org.

Flint Hills Center for Public Policy • 250 N. Water, Suite 216 • Wichita, KS 67202-1215 • (316) 634-0218

As a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank, the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy is an independent voice for sound public policy solutions that will enhance the well-being of all Kansans. Visit www.flinthills.org for more information.

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