The BLUEPRINT: The Story of Adventist Education
“Real life drama, heart-warming stories, and a little humor”
From the award-winning director of BONHOEFFER and The Power of Forgiveness comes The BLUEPRINT, a dramatic, multi-story documentary film for Public Television on Adventist education. Seventh-day Adventists, an American-born religion, are living 7-10 years longer than the average American. That story was told in the best-selling film, The ADVENTISTS. Then The ADVENTISTS 2 explored how Adventists are taking their health success to the far reaches of the globe through medical mission work. Now the Adventist school system – one of the largest private, faith-based systems in the world – is profiled in the 1-hour documentary film, The BLUEPRINT.
At the heart of the Adventist approach to education is an emphasis on the “whole child” – body, mind and spirit. It is providing opportunities for growth and development not only academically and physically but spiritually that faith-based education can provide a unique platform for learning. “I think one of the advantages is we don’t need to teach in a spiritual vacuum,” explains one teacher.
And throughout the film the children provide one surprise after the next, proving again they are the greatest treasure.
The BLUEPRINT takes the viewer to eight Adventist schools across America including the Bronx, NY where the concern is the very safety of the children. At Arizona’s Holbrook Indian School, Navajo students are discovering ways to combine their native culture with modern American life. In Colorado, a school is using the beauty of nature to reveal each child’s role in creation. In Alabama, where over a century ago missionaries brought education by boat to the newly freed slaves – today a school is thriving. In North Carolina, a program mixes academics with hands-on trades in keeping with the vision of Adventist founder, Ellen White. In Maryland hands-on trade is keeping pace with trends in technology, and in California a school is finding the balance in teaching both evolution and creation theology.
“Good teachers have the feeling, these are my children,” says education pioneer Parker Palmer. “And I have a responsibility to them that goes beyond, way beyond, downloading information.”