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Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will discuss the problems of education with a panel of five high-school students Nov. 24 on national public television.

Mr. Boyer will be a guest on "Why in the World," public television's current-events series for teen-agers. The series presents major news stories through a dialogue between guest experts and the high-school students who serve as panelists.

Mr. Boyer will outline the major recommendations of the Carnegie Foundation's High School: A Report on Secondary Education in America, and answer questions from the students, such as "What makes a great teacher?" and "Why does teaching have such a bad reputation?"

Another televised perspective on the Carnegie report--"High Schools," a one-hour documentary--will be broadcast on public-television stations on Nov. 30. The program, which focuses on one group of teachers and students, was underwritten by the Atlantic Richfield Foundation, which also supported the Carnegie study.


A television program that will show parents how to cooperate with teachers while their children are learning to read will air on public-broadcasting stations this spring.

"Reading Matters," a three-part television series co-produced by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston School Publishing and South Carolina Educational TV, is intended for parents with children in elementary school.

In addition to promoting cooperation between parents and teachers, the series is designed to teach parents how they can help their children become successful readers.

The first program of "Reading Matters" concentrates on the abilities and experiences necessary to prepare a child for the initial steps in learning to read. The program shows parents how they can stimulate their children with activities, such as exercises in muscle and hand-eye coordination, that help develop reading skills.

The series also looks at how reading is taught in the classroom and provides parents with tips on supporting and reinforcing what their children learn in school.


A 13-part radio series designed to encourage children to ask questions and seek answers will be heard on National Public Radio stations beginning in January.

"Songs Jumping in My Mouth," a collage of family lore, storytelling, music, and poetry was created by Pamela Brooke, an award-winning producer, for children between the ages of 6 and 12. "What makes this series exceptional," says Ms. Brooke, "is the extent that children contributed." The program uses the original writings of children and includes informal interviews with more than 600 children.

"Songs Jumping in My Mouth" also offers opportunities for audience participation. Activity guides are available free of charge by writing: Songs, P.O. Box 2626, Washington, D.C. 20013.--cc

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