The ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore, the only major television network reporter assigned to cover education exclusively, will be the co-host of a one-hour special this week examining learning innovations that work.
"Common Miracles: The New American Revolution in Learning,'' is scheduled to air on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 8 P.M. Eastern time. The ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings also appears.
The special is grounded in the belief that all students--and all people--can learn. It examines applications of cooperative learning and features communities where links are being created between schools, parents, businesses, cultural institutions, and civic groups.
"We have found there is hardly a problem in American learning for which there isn't an inspiring solution--somewhere,'' Mr. Jennings says during the show.
The Public Broadcasting Service's documentary series "The American Experience'' will be looking back in history to examine the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education.
"Simple Justice,'' the series' first dramatic movie, is a 2 hour and 30 minute adaptation of the acclaimed book of the same name by Richard Kluger. "Equal Justice,'' another movie adaption of the book, appeared earlier on network television.
The book recounts the long legal struggle to end racial segregation in American education.
The movie was scheduled to air Jan. 18 at 9 P.M. Eastern time, but viewers should check local listings.
Two magazine shows for teenagers will make their debut on PBS later this month.
"In the Mix,'' produced by the public-television station WNYC in New York, features teenage hosts and reporters who address such topics as race relations, music, drug abuse, fashion, and relationships.
"In the Mix,'' premieres Jan. 30 at 6 P.M. Eastern time.
"Club Connect,'' from the public-television station WTVS in Detroit, is a weekly half-hour show that covers some of the same territory, with perhaps greater emphasis on building teenage viewers' self-esteem.
"Club Connect'' airs Saturdays at 7 P.M. Eastern time. It also makes its debut on Jan. 30.
Channel One, the classroom television news show, will cover the Presidential inauguration ceremonies, beginning at 11:45 A.M. Eastern time on Jan. 20.
The coverage features two teenage reporters, Ryan Burnham and Lisa
Ling, and analysis from Michael Barone, a senior writer for U.S. News
and World Report magazine.--M.W.