WBAL's succeeds with 'Stories of Success'

December 14, 1990|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff

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.

Spencer Holland's Project 2000 has generated controversy and coverage as he has tried to place black male students in single-sex classrooms with a man as their teacher. It might be discriminatory, it might even be unconstitutional, but it's a real attempt to address a genuine crisis.

Alice Evans has a different world on the Eastern Shore, but the lessons and learning are the same. It's just that she used to impart them at the state's last one-room schoolhouse on Smith Island, the original open classroom.

Other segments will profile David Simon at Baltimore's School for the Arts and Bob Bonnell at the Educational Opportunity Program.

"Stories of Success" looks like a top-notch local documentary.

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