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(Studio) Adlai Stevenson II quoted; general problems in United States education system summarized.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Lawrence, Kansas) Efforts of elementary school principal and reading teacher Terry Trask to reform educational system here, returning to basic approach, examined. [TRASK - feels reading needs to be priority; discusses current plight of students.] Trask's unusual classroom demeanor to emphasize reading skills noted, shown. [Toi Yon MITCHELL - reads.] [Valeria THOMAS - notes daughter Toi's preference for reading over playing.] Percentage of nation's high school students who are functionally illiterate noted. [TRASK - cites need for parents and teachers to unite to reform system.] Level of reading skills gained by Trask's students mentioned.
REPORTER: Meredith Vieira
(Studio) Part III previewed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
- Rather, Dan;
- Vieira, Meredith
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