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Schools, Inc.

The state of education during the industrial revolution in the 17th century is examined.

3/60 minute programs airs Mondays 3 a.m. beg inning 10/14.

  • #2 – The late Andrew Coulson, education policy analyst, travels to Michigan’s prestigious Cranbrook high school, one of the top ten private high schools in America, in Push or Pull, the second episode of School Inc. Cranbrook and other excellent private schools in America typically don’t “scale up” to replicate their excellence on a larger stage and serve more students. So, is there some place else where scaling up excellence is happening? The answer is “yes” and it is in America’s Charter schools, but when charter schools are seen to compete with public schools, there can be trouble ahead. From those involved we hear how the Sabis school, tremendously successful in Springfield, Massachusetts, was prevented from operating in nearby Brocton because a school superintendent decided such competition was simply not in the best interest of his public school district. For six years the American Indian Charter School, part of a small network of California charter schools, ranked among the top middle schools in California. However, in the spring of 2013 the Oakland Public School District voted to shut down all three American Indian Schools because the charter school had chosen to use its own special education services and not those controlled by the state, which resulted in a loss of revenue to the public school system. Not every story has a negative outcome. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the city’s vibrant charter schools came to the rescue and provided the facilities and services other schools needed to get back on their feet. Finally, Coulson travels to South America for a comparison of how the success of Chile’s wine industry sets the scene for the growth of the country’s successful private school networks. Chile’s private schools consistently outperform schools in all other Latin American countries, but trouble is always on the horizon. Still, the private school networks of Chile provide a note of optimism in Coulson’s journey to discover the secrets of School Inc.
  • #3 – Ten years after Chile reformed its education system, Sweden followed suit. It is the first stop in Forces and Choices, episode three of School Inc. All private schools in Sweden are now fully tax supported and parents can choose between these so-called “free” schools and the local public schools. The global journey continues, visiting highly successful private schools in Sweden, London, and India, where the resistance to education as a business has lessened. The late Andrew Coulson, senior fellow of education policy at Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, is joined by the administrators of these schools to examine the secrets of their success, learning that some of India’s highly successful private schools serve eager poor students and parents at little more than a dollar a week. School Inc. comes full circle to conclude in the English countryside where the Industrial Revolution began. Then as now, Coulson suggests, education was perhaps the only field in which successful entrepreneurship was not celebrated. He concludes: “What if we allowed all education entrepreneurs to put their own money on the line in an effort to better serve us, gaining or losing just as entrepreneurs do in other fields. And what if we made sure that everyone had access to that wide-open market place. Would we then see excellence scale-up in education?”

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Soar

Explore the inspiring relationship between two sisters-both dancers: Kiera Brinkley, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah Boyd, who was born a month before her sister contracted pneumococcal sepsis. Featuring beautiful and moving dance sequences, the documentary celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt-as a dancer, choreographer and medical assistant. It also reveals the deeply loving relationship between the sisters and how Uriah dedicated her life to helping Kiera adjust. Over the course of three and a half years, SOAR follows the lives of these two remarkable young women, capturing moments of revelation about themselves, and their frustrations with each other as they mature as individuals, dancers and sisters. Tension arises, though, when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself as an individual. After a period of discord, a dance concert reunites them, rekindling their powerful bond. SOAR offers an intimate look at how dance helps these remarkable sisters to define themselves, together and separately, and the idea of what is possible.

Airs 10/30 at 2 a.m., 10/30 at 10 a.m. and 10/30 at 4 p.m.

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POV #3109 “Still Tomorrow”

 

A village woman without a high school diploma has become China’s most famous poet. Meet the breakout writer Yu Xihua, a woman with cerebral palsy, poignantly weaving her personal story with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.

Airs 10/22 at 7 p.m., 10/23 at 2 a.m., 10/23 at 10 a.m., 10/23 at 4 p.m., 10/26 at 5 a.m., 10/27 at 11 p.m., 10/28 at 3 a.m., 10/28 at 11 a.m.

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Shanghai 1937:  Where World War II Began

When did World War II begin? Americans might say December 7, 1941-the day the Japanese Imperial navy attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But in China, people will tell you a different date-August 13, 1937, the start of the Battle of Shanghai. That day, after what is called the “century of humiliation,” including six years of repeated “incidents” initiated by the Japanese military, China at last “stood up.” Shanghai was the most international city in Asia, with a large foreign population, so at the time of the military conflict, it was headline news around the world. Based on the book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtzeby Danish author Peter Harmsen, SHANGHAI 1937: WHERE WORLD WAR II BEGAN introduces key figures in the conflict, chronicles how the battle unfolded over the course of three months, and explores the aftermath and years of war that followed. SHANGHAI 1937 incorporates rarely seen archival footage as well as interviews with author Peter Harmsen, military historian Edward Drea and professor of modern Chinese history Hans Van DeVen, in addition to two Chinese experts on this subject: Su Zhiliang, Ph.D. of Shanghai Normal University, and Ma Zhendu, director of the Second Historical Archives of China. The film also includes vivid recollections of men and women, such as Ronald Morris, Liliane Willens and Patricia D. Silver, who experienced these events as foreign children living in Shanghai.

 airs 9/12 at 4 a.m.

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