The main public service effort of Channel 11 (WBAL), a drive to improve education called Great Expectations copied from an extremely successful campaign by its Hearst-owned sister station in Boston, bears prime-time fruit Saturday night.
Rod Daniels anchors "Stories of Success," five vignettes about educators and their programs that are working. Judging from the three available for preview, this is a solid effort, effective on both an emotional and intellectual level as it combines touching stories with substantive information.
It's hard not to be moved by Betty Gordon's students -- adults who are learning to read at Baltimore's Learning Bank. To see these men and women master the alphabet for the first time in their lives -- ever try to file stuff without it? -- is to realize the freedom that comes with literacy. At the Learning Bank, chains of despair are broken and discarded daily.