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Most Likely to Succeed

Written by Seth Pozzi, Head of School on .

Did you know:

  • The current length of a job for a millennial is an average of 2.6 years.
  • Millennials will have 15-20 jobs over the course of their working lives.
  • By 2020, 40% to 50% of all income-producing work will be short-term contracts, freelance work, and so-called “SuperTemps.”
  • Just 11% of employers—yet 96% of academic provosts—believe colleges are effective in preparing graduates for the workplace.  65% of today’s grade-school children will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
  • The World Economic Forum reports that creativity will become one of the top skills in demand by 2020.


Like many of the world’s best schools, Woodland Hills Private School is committed to designing our program to prepare children for the 21st century world they will encounter. Educational experts and business leaders agree that the skills our children will need include problem-solving/critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and cultural proficiency. Yet, there is not a simple, one-size-fits-all answer on how schools can develop these skills. One of the greatest debates about how to achieve this for our children took place in one of the hottest documentary films at last year’s Sundance Film Festival: Most Likely to Succeed.

From the film’s team:
Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to transform learning as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same. Over a century ago, American education underwent a dramatic transformation as the iconic one-room schoolhouse evolved into an effective “factory model” system that produced a workforce tailored for the 20th Century. As the world economy shifts and traditional white-collar jobs begin to disappear, that same system remains intact, producing potentially chronic levels of unemployment among graduates in the 21st Century. The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, an innovative new school in San Diego. There, over the course of a school year, two groups of ninth graders take on ambitious, project-based challenges that promote critical skills rather than rote memorization. Most Likely to Succeed points to a transformation in learning that may hold the key to success for millions of our youth – and our nation – as we grapple with the ramifications of rapid advances in technology, automation, and growing levels of income inequality.


Film Screening & Discussion: Oxnard Campus - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 6:30-8:30 PM
We are excited to host a private screening of Most Likely to Succeed, followed by a meaningful discussion about the vision for 21st century education within our schools. We are committed to taking on transformational initiatives, but we want parents to be part of the conversation.

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