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The Truth About Teachers.

Pyramid Film & Video, 1989. 47 min., color. Purchase, $95 (VHS). Many teachers did not watch this inspiring video when it was on television, because they mistakenly thought it was just more negative media treatment of teachers. On the contrary, it is an upbeat program honoring creative teachers and emphasizing the influence that committed teachers have on the lives of their students. Whoopi Goldberg hosts this program dedicated to "the teachers who are defeating ignorance, poverty, drugs, apathy and violence."

Goldberg introduces ten teachers who demonstrate unique, highly motivating teaching strategies in their classrooms. Four teach at the kindergarten and elementary school level, two in junior high and four in high school. Interspersed with the teaching vignettes are stark statistics about the teaching profession (i.e., "In 40 states a starting garbage collector makes more money than a starting teacher" and "An estimated 2/3 of all prison inmates failed to complete high school"). While veteran teachers and education students can gain practical teaching ideas, such as edible math and a funeral for I Can'ts, they are more likely to learn lessons from the teachers' spirit and determination to make a difference in the lives of their students.
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Author:Stanford, Beverly Hardcastle
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Audiovisual Review
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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