Education: Classroom Cinema

Fifteen million Americans in uniform have gone to the movies during the past five years to learn about such subjects as machine guns, camouflage, venereal disease. Why can't their younger brothers & sisters learn their ABCs the same way? In June, the State of Virginia passed a whopping $1,176,000 one-year appropriation for "visual education" in the public schools.

Several sizable film producers are already in the field, and hoping for a boom. The biggest so far, the University of Chicago's Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, offers a range of subjects from The Adventure of Bunny Rabbit (for kindergarten) to thermodynamics and electrochemistry (for college...

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