Public Schools: Potent Pictures

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Cinema, that still most magic medium—portable, cheap, displayable in any place at any hour, infinitely capable of recording knowledge, vastly surpassing TV in screen size, picture quality and color—theoretically ought to be a universal teaching tool. Currently, four U.S. schools are saturating themselves in film in an attempt to make the ideal a reality.

Film has not been shunned because it is scarce. Some 250 companies have churned out 28,000 educational films—a rich, if spotty, lode of material largely unworked by U.S. teachers. The trouble with films, says Dr. Wayne Howell, director of educational development for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc., has...

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