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11 Best Educational Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

These best educational documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015 are a must see for all teachers and parents. Some of them reveal the weaknesses of our educational system. Some show us the challenges children around the world face in order to obtain an education. What they all have in common is that we can learn from them and be inspired by their stories. They will show us that some of the things we take for granted are in fact very precious to other people and that education isn’t accessible to everyone.

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They also address glaring shortcomings of our own educational system. The constant pressure by parents and schools on children to perform is having a detrimental effect not only on their childhood (as if that wasn’t bad enough), but also on, ironically, stated educational goals.

To rank the best educational documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015, we had to devise a system. Going simply by IMDb rating just wouldn’t cut it, although we did include it in our final ranking. We also scoured dozen of lists on most popular sites to get an accurate feel of public opinion. We mixed it all together and came up with a genuine Insider Monkey ranking like we did with the best Christian documentaries on Netflix streaming in 2015. We hope that this methodology is really providing you with the best documentaries on the particular topic that can be watched on Netflix. Feel free to share your opinion about it.

11. If You Build It

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Directed by Patrick Creadon

Bertie County is North Carolina’s poorest county. Bertie Early College High School reflects the condition of the rest of the county. But what happens when teachers try to involve school kids in the life of their neighborhood? A newly minted shop class, dubbed Studio H, tried to do just that. Starting from water purifiers and moving on to bigger projects like chicken coops, children in shop class finally reached a stage where they can design and build their masterpiece – a fully-fledged farmer’s market. The movie depicts one of the most vulnerable communities in America at its finest and shows us that, with a proper idea and guidance, school kids can make a significant contribution.