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Download the discussion guide for the documentary The Education of Shelby Knox and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

The Education of Shelby Knox: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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Film Information

The Education of Shelby Knox (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 21, 2005

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Media Alert: 2005 Sundance Film Festival Selection


Marion Lipschutz
Marion Lipschutz
Rose Rosenblatt
Rose Rosenblatt

What an intelligent, articulate, dedicated kid! Congratulations to her for working so hard & speaking out so forcefully on her issue, especially when so many people were trying to squelch her. I can't wait to see what she tackles next - it's people like her who make a difference in this world.”

— Jeanette, Milwaukee, WI


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Critical Acclaim

Shelby Knox is a brave, smart, independent high-school-age crusader for sex education in Lubbock, Texas. The movie is a pungent civics lesson on what can and cannot be accomplished by one plucky, idealistic girl.”

— Stephen Holden
The New York Times

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