The Beginning Teacher (23:24)The work of a teacher is complex, and the demands—to develop lesson plans, instruct with confidence and clarity, establish classroom routines, set boundaries for student behavior, and so much more—can be quite overwhelming. Set in Australia, The Beginning Teacher provides valuable advice and a variety of strategies to support new educators as they prepare for their first teaching appointment. Program segments include “You’re a New Teacher—Now What?”; “Your First Day, First Class, First Week”; “Becoming Involved in the Wider School Culture”; and “Survival Strategies.”
Kids and Computers (22:25)The high-tech revolution is led by children, many of whom possess skills that baffle their parents. From chat rooms to Web pages to kid-created Internet companies, this video explores computer-assisted learning and the value of the “virtual classroom.”
Philosophy for Children: Thinking Together (23:00)In a philosophy-for-children session, a teacher uses a story, picture, news item, or piece of music to stimulate critical thinking and imagination. Children are encouraged to express themselves, to challenge what is being said, and to ask questions that intrigue them.
Series: ConstructivismConstructivism as a theory of learning focuses on the learner’s need to make sense of new information. Dewey approached it from a philosophical standpoint, Piaget from a biological standpoint, and Vygotsky from a social perspective. Together they emphasize the importance of looking at what the learner brings to a new experience as well as what the “out-there” experience contains. Over the course of this classic five-part series, David Elkind, Elliot Turiel, Elena Bodrova, and Deborah Leong apply constructivist points of view to significant topics in education. 5-part series, 25–35 minutes each.
Series: The Psychology of LearningThis seven-part series comprises a comprehensive analysis of how people learn, investigating the areas of attention, cognitive development, memory, language development, classical and operant conditioning, approaches to learning, and perception. 7-part series, 40–74 minutes each.
Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education (1:06:00)Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education exposes the standardized testing industry and how it negatively affects public education. Parents of public school children must see this film since it addresses the dangers of high-stakes tests, dispels the mythology of the achievement gap, and questions the validity of education reform.
A Subprime Education / The Education of Omarina (53:00)First: In A Subprime Education, correspondent Martin Smith returns to the story of for-profit colleges — which FRONTLINE first examined in the 2010 documentary College, Inc. — to investigate allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled industry.
Then, in a second segment, FRONTLINE explores a very different educational experience. The Education of Omarina continues a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college.
Unequal Education: Revisited (27:00)In 1992, EVC's youth team produced Unequal Education for the national PBS series, "Listening to America with Bill Moyers." Their film revealed the stark contrast in resources and opportunities offered to students in two Bronx middle schools - one in a middle-class area and one in a low-income community - in the same district. More than twenty years later, the crew reunited to produce Unequal Education Revisited, bearing witness to the long-term impact that inequities plaguing our society -- in education, justice and healthcare -- have on those struggling to survive.