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Listen: The Movie Explores the State of Education in the United States

Twenty-year-old filmmaker, Ankur Singh, will attend Cazenovia College’s screening of independent documentary
Cazenovia, N.Y. (April 16, 2014) – The exciting new independent documentary Listen: The Movie will be screened at Cazenovia College on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 8 p.m., in Coleman Hall (second floor seminar rooms A&B). The documentary film was written, produced, filmed and narrated by twenty-year-old filmmaker Ankur Singh, who will be on hand for questions and discussion at the conclusion of the film.

After becoming increasingly frustrated with school Ankur Singh took off the second semester of his freshman year in college to tell the stories of students, teachers and parents, who through the overuse of standardized testing, have been reduced to numbers and statistics. “The film grew out of my frustrations with school and the realization that even though students are the primary stakeholders, we are never given a voice in what we want from our own education. My frustrations started in high school when I took tons of Advanced Placement classes expecting them to be challenging college level courses that would push me to become a more critical thinker, but what I got instead was constant test preparation and mindless memorization of information.”

Singh added, “Soon after I started doing my own research on the AP system ... I discovered that it was making millions of dollars for the College Board at the expense of others by reducing critical thinking and creativity in students, and forcing teachers to teach a curriculum they didn’t create.”

The event – co-sponsored by Cazenovia College’s Education Club, Human Rights Club, Education Program and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences– is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Rebecca Page Johnson, assistant professor of education at Cazenovia College, “The corporate testing industry is making huge profits on recent initiatives to increase testing in schools in the United States; it is only in the last year that we have seen a growing movement among students and parents to opt out of corporate-driven testing and reform of public education. Ankur's timely visit to Cazenovia College will give us a moment to reflect on how corporate testing moves us away from a public education that instills the values of democratic citizenship and human flourishing.”

For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Page Johnson by email:
To view a review of the film, visit

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction. For more information, visit