Here's an educational project that attempts to turn one of school homework's main enemies -- the TV set -- into an ally. Classroom in the Home provides programming its creators hope will lead to increased achievement in school, and therefore may be a small but noteworthy step toward turning the tube into the major educational asset TV futurologist claim that medium will be some day.
Edward Stanley, president of Teacher's Guide to Television, said: "Classroom in the Home is an extension of the Parent Participation TV Workshop Project, which will suggest activities built around specially selected television programs that parents and children can share. Classroom in the Home TV activity sheets provide parents with specific activities to motivate their children and lead them to school achievement. Many schools are planning to grant credit for work done with parents at home."
Classroom in the Home was piloted in California by the PTA and the California Association for Compensatory Education last spring. As a result of the enthusiastic reception in that state, the program will be expanded nationality this fall.
Classroom in the Home TV activity sheets will be provided without cost to schools, school systems, and parent groups that make a commitment to reproduce the materials and distribute them, and to send a report on their sue to Teachers Guides to Television.
NBC programming that has been selected for the fall Classroom in the Home are:
"Scout's Honor," starring Gary Coleman, celecbrating the 50th anniversary of the Cub Scouts of America. (Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m. EDT)
"Career Day at the Kelly School," a special treat based on the popular comic strip character Miss Peach. Miss Peach is seen "live," her pupils at the Kelly School are puppets. (Tuesday, Oct. 14, 4-5 p.m. local time)
"The Elections:" Election night coverage, and all the pre-election specials on the NBC will be used by the Parent Participation TV Workshop Project for discussions of leadership, its responsibilities, and its opportunities. Plans are now under way for a seven-state cross- country mock election and student-leader predictions of election results.
"Sunshine's on the Way," a special treat about a young girl who longs to be a jazzy musician and the now-paralyzed old trumpet player who teaches her. A perfect vehicle for Grandparent Participation TV Workshops. (Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4-5 p.m. local time)
For further information about Classroom in the Home and the Parent Participation TV Workshop Project, write to Teachers Guides to Television, 699 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021.