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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden

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"If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, [the film] takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainab [...]
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School ; Includes New Retrospective Documentary It's Still Elementary

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An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Footage of classroom activities and discussions are presented with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. School-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers are also discussed.
DVD
2007; 1996
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Five to Eight [electronic resource]

The changes that occur during this pivotal time when intellectual development is closely accompanied by increasingly independent social activity and expectations.
Online
2005; 1990
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Intellectual Development [electronic resource]: First Five Years

Even a single day can bring changes in what a new baby can do. This informative program offers parents and caregivers ways in which to monitor a child's intellectual growth within a wide range of normal activity. A child development specialist, a pediatrician, and a parent explain what is going on in a baby's young brain and what can be expected to happen over the first five years of life.
Online
2005; 1997
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In a Manner of Speaking [electronic resource]: Phenomenon of Conversation

Social context, intonation, and body language add a vital layer of meaning to the spoken or signed word-a layer that can manifest only in conversation. In this program, Dr. Jonathan Miller addresses the subject of group talk, offering his observations on topics including the concept of "speech acts" a la Austin, Wittgenstein, and Searle; the implicit mechanics of verbal give-and-take; and the belief that social context, far from being a mere adjunct to linguistic communication, is actually the root cause of it. The implications of the apparent connection between right hemisphere brain damage and an impaired sense of linguistic nuance are examined as well.
Online
2006; 1990
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The Learning Process [electronic resource]

Eager for knowledge, a child is by nature curious about everything. Why, then, is school such an unpleasant place for some children? In this program, teachers, researchers, a psychoanalyst, a neurologist, a neurobiologist, a psychomotor specialist, and others examine the process of learning and the classroom as a learning center. Mastery of reading and writing-the key to unlocking all forms of communication and the entry point to many other exciting domains-is emphasized. In addition, the concept of multiple intelligences is explored.
Online
2006; 2003
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Helping Them Flourish [electronic resource]

Helping children to grow and bloom properly also means taking into account their biological rhythms. This program seeks out holistic approaches to education that more scientifically organize the school day and strike a better balance between intellectual and physical development. Educators, psychologists, a geneticist, a philosopher, and others consider topics such as the times of day when students are most ready to learn and the role of play in the developing child. They also question the effectiveness of lectures and take a penetrating look at the video game phenomenon.
Online
2006; 2003
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Child Development Theorists [electronic resource]: Freud to Erikson to Spock...and Beyond

Using historical footage and photos in combination with video shot at daycare centers, this program offers an entertaining and enlightening introduction to the major child development theorists, how their theories differ, and how the application of multiple theories can be beneficial to parents, caregivers, and educators. Theorists presented include Sigmund Freud, Maria Montessori, Arnold Gesell, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Rudolf Dreikurs, Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, John Bowlby, B. F. Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Lawrence Kohlberg, T. Berry Brazelton, Diana Baumrind, and Howard Gardner.
Online
2010; 2009
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Why Reading Matters [electronic resource]: Holistic Study for the Digital Age

Human beings were never born to read. This program seeks to understand how the brain, which has evolved no hardwired "reading center," made the leap to literacy; why reading well-crafted writing is so profoundly important to intellectual and emotional development; and whether the Internet, with its blogs and videos and games, is placing novels-a prime type of reading material for nurturing the capacity for empathy-at risk. Why Reading Matters is a trip into the space where neuroscience and literature overlap, a place where experiments involving fMRI and MEG imaging, talk of neuroplasticity and brain activation, experiences of stroke victims and people with mood disorders, and discussions of Wuthering Heights and Shakespeare's trick of turning nouns and adjectives into verbs shed a br [...]
Online
2010; 2009
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Intifada NYC [electronic resource]: The Khalil Gibran Academy and Post-9/11 Politics

In 2007, the first Arabic language public school in the U.S. opened in New York City, generating a tidal wave of controversy. This program follows the Khalil Gibran International Academy's turbulent beginnings; the political firestorm that culminated in the resignation of Debbie Almontaser, the academy's founding principal; and Almontaser's legal battle to get her job back. The compelling narrative combines news clips, interviews with key players in the controversy, and graphic novel-style drawings for added visual interest-shedding light on important First Amendment concepts as well as the "Stop the Madrassa" campaign that accused the school of harboring Islamist influences.
Online
2010; 2009
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Time for School Part 3 [electronic resource]: Hope and Despair in the Fight for an Education

The 2009 installment in Wide Angle's Time for School series reenters the lives of seven students in seven different countries, offering a glimpse of the worldwide battle to get what most American children take for granted: a basic education. These riveting case studies in India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Benin, Brazil, Japan, and Romania feature young teenagers embracing academic challenges that will, with luck and hard work, prepare them for high school. Other hurdles, from school closings to slum crackdowns to violent fundamentalism, continue to disrupt hopes and dreams-forcing one child to repeat a grade, another to study on an empty stomach, and another to quit her education altogether. But a conversation with Benin-born musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo provides [...]
Online
2010; 2009
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In the Beginning [electronic resource]: Newborns and Their Environment

From the very first moment after birth, babies can see, hear, smell, and taste-and, just as quickly, they begin putting these senses to work. This program depicts several newborns interacting with their surroundings and relying upon simple yet deeply ingrained survival strategies. Intimate, awe-inspiring scenes of these strategies in action show how brand-new infants prefer to look at faces and listen to human speech more than anything else, how they motivate other people to care for them, and how, through these fine-tuned interactions, babies gradually start to make sense of the world. Sleep, feeding, and brain development are among several specific topics.
Online
2010; 1994
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First Steps [electronic resource]: How Babies Become Toddlers

Sometimes even the smallest step can be the culmination of an epic journey. This program analyzes the long, painful, and ultimately euphoric struggle a child undergoes to roll, sit up, crawl, fumble around aided by furniture, and finally take one giant leap for humankind. Enthralling footage of adventurous, rapidly developing babies shows how they build muscle power and coordination, practice rhythmic kicking, deal with the weight of their large heads, adopt their own customized crawling styles, learn to climb stairs, and, even more importantly, learn to balance on two legs. Viewers discover how mental mapping skills and a crucial, built-in fear of falling come into play.
Online
2010; 1994
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Taking Hold [electronic resource]: Manual Dexterity in Young Children

Holding hands with a child is one of the great pleasures of parenting-but it's also a manifestation of key steps in infant and toddler development. This program looks at the growth of manipulative skills in childhood, from a newborn's primitive grasp to the creative tool-use of a two-year-old. Viewers gain an understanding of how babies learn to pick up objects, drop or release them, and use them in combination, as well as how these skills are applied to the tools of everyday life: spoons, toothbrushes, crayons, and the like. Although manual dexterity starts taking shape within three months after birth and is directly related to survival, the video also emphasizes its link to creativity and self-expression.
Online
2010; 1994
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Word of Mouth [electronic resource]: Learning to Communicate

From simple gurgles to the ingenious storytelling of a three-year-old, this program illustrates how children learn to convey thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The development of nonverbal communication skills is examined as the film's young subjects begin to parse out basic sounds and facial expressions, then apply what they discover in a way that becomes more proactive, verbal, and finally composed of logical sentences. Viewers can watch this process of language-building play out in fascinating, intimate scenes-starting with a single infant, then including his or her parents or guardians, and then encompassing an ever-widening circle of relationships.
Online
2010; 1994
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The Thinker [electronic resource]: Mental Development in Childhood

Is a baby actually learning something when he knocks down a stack of blocks? What happens in a toddler's mind when she "feeds" her teddy bear? Why does it take just as much work to bake an imaginary cake as a real one? This program explores the process through which young children begin to reason, plan, and solve both concrete and abstract problems. Emphasizing that babies are driven to make sense of the world in the same way that they are driven to walk and talk, the video shows how this urgent need to learn is fulfilled through play, which relies on both action and observation. Basic discussions of memory and cerebral cortex development are included.
Online
2010; 1994
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You and Me [electronic resource]: Childhood Identity and Social Development

Brothers, sisters, best friends, worst enemies-childhood is a world of constantly shifting alliances, but somehow it also produces lasting emotional bonds. This program looks at the challenges young children face as they cultivate one of the most tricky human skills of all: getting along with other people. Viewers are given insight into childhood social development as the video addresses a number of important questions: When do children acquire a sense of self? How do they understand the feelings of others? At what age should they be expected to forge real friendships? Information on tantrums, separation anxiety, and building a sense of humor rounds out the discussion.
Online
2010; 1994
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Kids in the Spotlight [electronic resource]

Auditions, photo shoots, talent agencies. should they be a part of childhood? This video provides an inside look at the show business game-studying its effects on the families of aspiring child stars.
Online
2005; 2000
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All About Girls [electronic resource]

This video explores conflicting definitions of femininity and what it means to be a girl, and discusses how parents can help their daughters grow into healthy and well-adjusted adults.
Online
2005; 2000
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Learning [electronic resource]

Cognitive science has provided exciting breakthroughs in child development. This video demonstrates how children are learning much more, at much earlier ages than many experts thought possible-and that learning is rooted in emotion as well as logic.
Online
2005; 2000