Television: Showing What's Wrong

Stereotype No. 1: High school teachers are fussy, frightened and old, hiding from the world in a cloud of chalk dust. Stereotype No. 2: High school principals wear three-piece suits, stern expressions and are totally devoid of humor. Good shows often result from giving the lie to stereotypes, witness ABC-TV's Room 222, which features a handsome black history teacher (Lloyd Haynes) and a rumpled, comfortable principal (Michael Constantine), whose strongest trait is a sense of underplayed humor. It works; in the current season, Room 222 has appeared consistently among the ten top-rated programs,...

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