Whether it be World Teachers’ Day or Teachers Appreciation Week, these celebrations aim to focus on appreciating, evaluating, and improving the educators of the world. Public broadcasting has brought these concerns to the public for further consideration and here is a brief selection of clips to recognize the ambition of teachers, as well as public broadcasting’s programming as a primary and secondary resource.
Educational Programs Available Online
National Educational Television Special Collection (1952-1972)
The National Educational Television (NET) Collection consists of more than 10,000 television programs from non-commercial TV stations and producers from 1952-1972 on public affairs, social issues, arts, culture, the humanities, science, and education. The collection includes public affairs documentaries and discussions covering the black freedom struggle, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and issues such as poverty, student activism, radicalism, privacy, the environment, the elderly, and welfare. The programs in this collection were created for television broadcast, as well as classroom and adult educational uses.
Search the collection: http://americanarchive.org/special_collections/net-catalog
Education Reporting on Public Television
From black-and-white footage of protests against segregated schools in New York City, to full-color newscasts about the rollout of No Child Left Behind in Guam, public television has had a long history of covering education stories. This online exhibit highlights documentaries, news magazines, talk shows, and special reports in the AAPB collection dedicated to learning in America.
School Desegregation from WGBH’s Say Brother Series (1974)
This program focuses on school desegregation and the quality of education in Boston 1974. Discussion includes students, parents, and community activists held within Jeremiah E. Burke High School. First program of the 1974 season.
Denver Public School Prime Time Project from Rocky Mountain PBS (1981)
This show is from a weekly series to create public awareness of the educational opportunities in the Denver Public Schools and to encourage the cooperative efforts of home and community to achieve excellence in education.
Front Street Weekly: Public vs Private Schooling from Oregon Public Broadcasting (1984)
In the choice between private and public, this episode focuses on why Oregon parents are choosing private over public school for their children in 1984.
Arkansas School for the Deaf from Arkansas Educational TV Network (1994)
This documentary describes the courses and programs at the Arkansas School for the Deaf. The documentary is composed of interviews with school administrators and teachers, along with footage and photographs of students in classrooms, around campus, and at special events. Transcript included!
Primary and Secondary Resources in the AAPB
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting contains more than 110,000 items of digitized public broadcasting programs and original materials. Over 53,000 items of these programs are available online and the importance of these news casts, raw interviews, documentaries, radio shows etc. serve as primary and secondary sources to American history, both on the local and national level.
We hope you enjoy and can make use of these resources!
American Archive of Public Broadcasting staff and guest curators have created exhibits of selected recordings that focus on themes, topics, and events of cultural and historical significance. In these exhibits, curators contextualize digitized primary and secondary source public television and radio materials. Each curated set of selected recordings present a diversity of perspectives concerning the exhibit’s focus. As a result, AAPB exhibits often illuminate how public broadcasting stations and producers have covered the exhibit’s theme.
Some notable collections are featured here in Special Collections. Each Special Collection finding aid provides detailed information about the content, such as its creator, recommended search strategies, and related resources. These are unedited interviews from programs that often only include minutes of the original interviews.
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Written by Ryn Marchese, AAPB Engagement and Use Manager
Originally posted 2018