Attention, Filmmakers: Here's Your Chance to Show Us a World Without Teachers

A contest sponsored by Participant Media's TEACH campaign and Project Ed hopes to inspire the next generation to step into the classroom.

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Feb 20, 2015·
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

When you’re a kid slogging through a tough homework assignment, a world without teachers probably seems like an awesome concept. But given that educators instill knowledge, serve as mentors, and develop kids’ creative and critical thinking skills, that reality would be a disaster. With educators from the Baby Boomer generation set to retire in droves, and nearly half of teachers leaving the profession within five years, it’s not such a far-fetched concept.

That’s why Participant Media's TEACH has teamed up with Project Ed on “World Without Teachers,” a contest that challenges filmmakers of all ages to inspire the next generation to step up and enter the classroom. And yes, there are prizes: The adult and youth grand prize winners will each receive $1,000.

The short, two-minute video entries should show viewers what could happen to our democracy, to the economy, the arts, to parents, and to the planet if teachers disappeared. The clips should also show us how different our society could be if all children had an excellent teacher, no matter what zip code they’re born in, how much money their parents make or what ethnic background they’re from.

“Really great teaching is rare and special and wonderful,” says Davis Guggenheim, the director of the documentary TEACH in the above video announcing the contest. Want to be a part of changing the educational trajectory of America by inspiring people to become teachers? Get cracking on creating your video. All entries are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday Mar 30, 2015.

For official details, click here.

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.