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A Town Torn Apart (1992)

An unconventional New England principal tries some radical new techniques to reform the high school he is hired at, and ends up the object of great controversy. A true story.

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Dennis 'Doc' Littky
Carole Galloway ...
Sheila Bennet
Linda Griffiths ...
Hallie
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Angus MacLean
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Ellen Kreiger
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David
Richard Blackburn ...
Chief Smythe
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Will Delp
Cayle Chernin ...
Gladys
Mary Ann Coles ...
Mrs. Jessup
Christina Collins ...
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Janie Quinn
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Fred Burham
Ann de Villiers ...
Mary Quinn
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Myron Zalinka
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An unconventional New England principal tries some radical new techniques to reform the high school he is hired at, and ends up the object of great controversy. A true story.

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30 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Doc: The Dennis Littky Story  »

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Good case study, could be used in education courses
3 January 2004 | by (State College PA) – See all my reviews

The story here is over simplified, "progressive" vs. "traditional" teaching methods, but this movie is really more than its story. What's interesting here are the pedagogical techniques introduced by this principal as well as his apparent inability to sense "trouble" just around the corner. I was disappointed not to find this on vhs or dvd because I would love to use it in my educational leadership classes. It is quite thought provoking and lends itself well to class discussions.


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