The following discussion guide is designed to accompany either the one-hour documentary or the specially edited video clips found on this site. In addition to linking directly to the clips, each topic in the discussion guide includes a detailed clip description and time codes to aid facilitators in cueing appropriate segments in the full-length documentary.
Enhanced video clip "Are we obsessed with the SAT?" (Click to watch clip)
This clip introduces viewers to the high end of SAT test preparation and to the Laguna Beach-based program The Cambridge Colloquium. Students as young as thirteen and fourteen enter for a five-year regular tutoring program at the price of $500 per year. The children dream of attending Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley, and Dartmouth, and their goal: a perfect score of 1600.
Use this clip as a workshop opener, asking students and parents if they relate to the issues faced by the students and parents in this clip. Do they think the students and parents in this clip are "obsessed?" Or are they equally as anxious about the SAT and its impact on their college futures?
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