(OREGONLIVE) — A new documentary aimed squarely at parents questioning traditional public education has been released for screenings in selected U.S. theaters, including Beaverton's Valley Cinema Pub.
"Class Dismissed" will be shown at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance – no tickets will be sold at the door.
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The documentary is coming to Beaverton due to the efforts of Village Home Education Resource Center, an alternative school in Beaverton where the filmmakers spent a week filming, said Dustin Woodard, a Seattle-based independent filmmaker who is a co-producer of "Class Dismissed."
Woodard said "Class Dismissed," despite its emphasis on homeschooling, is relevant to all families.
"The movie is great for homeschoolers. It will give them new ideas – more importantly, it will probably inspire them and give them extra energy," he said. "Homeschool skeptics can finally get in and see what's happening. We follow a family that pulls their kids out of school and tries that route and they stumble along the way. It's very realistic. ... The homeschool-curious, it's been very powerful for them so far. We've had only two screenings and we've already had families pull their kids out of school as a result of the film."