September 19, 1984

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I was ambushed by a three-hour educational program. By the end of the evening, what I had expected to be a typical network blast at public education had turned out to be far superior to anything the networks have offered us over the last three years.
Watching "To Save Our Schools" was, to put it in the fine cadences of my generation, a bummer. The program gave an overview of a very imperfect system, aspiring for the most part to "adequacy," resistant to change, expected to work miracles for society, and all the while undergoing a severe crisis of confidence and respect.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the American Broadcasting Company took the unusual step of pre-empting an entire evening of prime-time programming to present a documentary on public education. It was watched by an estimated audience of 25-million.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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