Program
Project Second Chance: Dropouts in America Live Studio Follow-up
Producing Organization
AETN (Television station : Conway, Ark.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-154dn40t33
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Description
Program Description
"In the 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke warned that 'education is the cheap defense of nations.' Today, in this country, the so-called land of opportunity, over 50 million adults have not completed their high school education. "That means one in four students drops out before receiving a high school diploma. In many cases they cut themselves off from that opportunity before even getting started in life. Arkansas Educational Television wanted to help do something about this situation using the great influential medium at our command. For the past two years AETN has been using TV to combat this problem in Arkansas with PROJECT SECOND CHANCE. This program, created in association with the Adult Education Division of the State Department of Education, motivated dropouts to take advantage of programs leading to a GED. In 1985 it influenced an enrollment jump in adult education programs from 14,000 to 25,000, a 78% increase. "The local project was so successful, AETN wanted to take the idea to the national level offering a locally-produced (but on a national level, rather than locally oriented) documentary free to all public television stations. Thanks to the generosity of the Middle South Utilities and Wal-Mart Stores, we were able to do this. "PROJECT SECOND CHANCE: DROPOUTS IN AMERICA, hosted by Robert MacNeil of 'The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour,' is a special one-hour documentary which looks at solutions to the problems of high school dropouts. This program, shot on location in six states (California, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Arkansas) offers a story of hope through examples of individuals who gave themselves a second chance by taking advantage of state or locally administered programs leading to a GED high school equivalency certificate. "AETN followed this one-hour documentary immediately with a one-hour 'live' studio presentation opening up telephone lines between the viewers at home and a panel of experts to answer questions regarding information about G.E.D. programs, enrolling students for G.E.D. classes, and sending out free information kits as requested. Also included with this entry is a videocassette of that follow-up."--1986 Peabody Awards entry form. This is the live studio follow-up discussion.
Broadcast Date
1986-10-01
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
01:00:21.251
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Credits
Producing Organization: AETN (Television station : Conway, Ark.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Citations
Chicago: “Project Second Chance: Dropouts in America Live Studio Follow-up,” 1986-10-01, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-154dn40t33.
MLA: “Project Second Chance: Dropouts in America Live Studio Follow-up.” 1986-10-01. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-154dn40t33>.
APA: Project Second Chance: Dropouts in America Live Studio Follow-up. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-154dn40t33