ThinkFest Video: M. Night Shyamalan

How Creative Thinking Can Solve Our Education Problems


Screenwriter, film director, producer, and Philadelphia native M. Night Shyamalan takes on the education problems in Philadelphia after publishing his first book, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Key Steps to Closing America’s Education Gap.

Shyamalan who has provided scholarships for students through foundation work, was inspired to get more involved with education after experiences visiting inner city schools. He argues that no inner city education system for low-income kids is working, and presents the five things that he learned, that if applied together, would provide for a stronger public education.

A master of storytelling, Shyamalan weaves together complex topics, while also providing the tools for his audience to conduct his or her own research.


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