• “The Test and the Art of Thinking” screening at The Varsity

    March 15, 2019

    Carbondale Community High School and The Varsity are joining forces to present a free spring screening of “The Test and the Art of Thinking.”


    Each year, more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades, however, there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process, and how predictive they are of academic success.


    The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multi-billion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity. 


    In the documentary feature “The Test & the Art of Thinking,” filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis 

    examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system – and our society as a whole.


    The screening is Wednesday, March 27. Doors open at 6:30, and the film will be shown at 7. The film runs 85 minutes, and there will be a short discussion and Q&A after the screening. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.


    The Varsity concessions and bar will open at 6:30 and remain open throughout the event.


    The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter.