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College on the Cheap: Entrepreneurs Reinvent Higher Education

In this episode of Dan Rather Reports, Rather interviews two California entrepreneurs who created a solution to affordable higher education. Also included is an investigation into the rapidly growing population of Burmese Pythons in Florida.
2016; 2012

Crafting of America's Schools [electronic resource]

The call for national standards and tests created a major debate in our country over who should be setting the educational agenda and what should be taught in our nation's schools. Join Ted Sizer and members of the Coalition of Essential Schools as they outline a process to help communities take local responsibility for their schools. Viewers will go inside Noble High School, Berwick, ME; O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, CA; and Fenway Middle College High School, Boston, MA. Learn about the concept of localism from Ted Sizer, the founder of the Coalition of Essential schools. Understand the need for each school to reflect its own community in their quest for excellence. Hear compelling arguments about increasing quality through local design which puts the decisions for educatio [...]
2014; 1997

Don't Blame Teachers Unions for Our Failing Schools [electronic resource]: A Debate

Teachers unions: They're powerful, they're defensive, and they're stubborn. And if it seems their leadership places a premium on protecting its members-above all other interests-we should not be surprised, because protecting jobs and wages is what unions were created to do. Critics argue that unions are shielding too many teachers who do their jobs poorly-teachers who should be replaced, for the good of the children. Some claim that teachers unions, as presently constructed, weaken America's schools more than any other factor. But can it really be that simple? In ranking blame for what's wrong with the nation's classrooms, do teachers unions really come before slashed budgets? Or crumbling infrastructure, broken homes, and the influence of narcotics? Do unions really protect bad teac [...]

Most Likely to Succeed

"Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary examining the history of U.S. education, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that engage students, energize teachers, and lead to deep, retained learning. MLTS premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of more than two dozen festivals. To date, Most Likely To Succeed has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change."--Publisher.
2017; 2015

Your Weekly Address: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot February 14, 2015.

In this week's address, the President lays out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.