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Touch of Greatness - A Portrait of a Maverick Teacher
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the use of poetry, drama and imaginative play, Cullum championed an unorthodox educational philosophy that spoke directly to his students' needs. Many…
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The Roots of Revolution - USA
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Teacher Choi Young-Jae thinks that children only like going to school if they know it's going to be interesting. His aim is to make school irresistible to them. Choi's teaching techniques, in a middle-class elementary school outside of Seoul, are regarded as radical in an education system where traditionally lessons…
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Part of the Series: Teachers of the World
Japan's society is changing--increasing numbers of foreigners want to live and work in this country, which has a strong monoculture. Therefore tolerance of other nationalities has become an important issue, and in order to foster international understanding, third grade primary teacher Shigeto Honda has developed an unusual package of lessons…
Precious Knowledge - Fighting for Mexican American Studies in Arizona Schools
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with…
Two Million Minutes - An Examination of High School in the U.S., India and China
Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, they have just two million minutes to prepare for college, and ultimately, a career. For some, high school is little more than a necessary rite of passage -- the standard American backdrop for prom nights, tailgate parties, and…
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