Growing Minds Week takes over TVO's Prime Time schedule September 14 to 20, 2008

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - TVO's fall 2008 season kicks off with "Growing
Minds Week," seven days of programming in prime time exploring our children's
education and the enormous investment parents and society make in it.
    How far will parents and society go for our children's education? What
can the education systems in other countries teach us? How does Ontario's
education system measure up in a global economy? These are a few of the
discussion points raised during "Growing Minds Week."
    The week begins Sunday September 14 at 8 pm with the North American
premiere of "The Secret Life of the Classroom," a revealing documentary
following the dramas that mark the first crucial weeks in the lives of
four-year-olds as they begin kindergarten.
    On Monday September 15, TVO presents a multi-platform event aimed at
helping parents get the best out of their kids. Beginning at 7 pm, "Make Your
Child Brilliant," a North American premiere, is a six-part documentary series
in which Bernadette Tynan, an expert in gifted children, embarks on a quest to
spot children whose skills and talents are slipping through the net of the
education system. The series continues throughout the week, but immediately
following the first episode of "Make Your Child Brilliant," TVO airs a special
edition of "Your Voice," TVO's Web TV program for parents, featuring George
Dei, professor of sociology at OISE/UT, who specializes in the area of
achievement, especially within at-risk student populations. The discussion
will continue at 8 pm at
    More expert advice is offered Tuesday to Saturday, September 16 to 20 at
7:45 pm with "Gorilla Parenting," a parent's companion to the children's
series "The Jungle Room," featuring parenting experts talking to parents about
such things as winning and losing, risk taking and nature vs. nurture.
    Every week night September 15 to 19, TVO's flagship current affairs show,
"The Agenda with Steve Paikin" will examine education in Ontario in the 21st
century, with a look at the value of the K-12 public education system;
comparisons of the educational methods in various countries; a spotlight on
the role of teachers; exploring advances in brain research; and debating what
alternative schools have to offer.
    Other highlights include "Through These Eyes" (Monday September 15 at 9
pm) looking back at an ambitious 1970s grade school course that attempted to
teach American students about society by studying Inuit families in the
Canadian Arctic.
    Other North American premieres include "Chinese School" (Monday to Friday
September 15 to 19 at 10 pm), a five-part documentary following the lives of a
group of families, teachers and students over the course of a year in three
different schools in the rural town of Anhui, China. "Judah and Mohammad"
(Tuesday September 16 at 9 pm) follows two teenage boys, one from Israel and
the other from Palestine, into the classroom to see what it's like to grow up
in the shadow of a military conflict. "Admission Impossible" (Wednesday and
Thursday, September 17 and 18 at 9 pm) is a two-part documentary revealing the
stress and strain students and parents feel as they attempt to navigate their
way through the British secondary school admissions system in order to secure
the limited spots in the country's best schools.
    Closing out the week on September 20 beginning at 8 pm, "Saturday Night
at the Movies" presents "To Sir with Love" (1967) and "The Prime of Miss Jean
Brodie" (1969), two films about teachers who had profound influences on their
    For more information on "Growing Minds Week" please visit TVO's Prime
Time Media Highlights at www.,
or contact Paul Ginis at the co-ordinates below.

    About TVO:
    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.
    Where to find TVO: Cable subscribers channel 2 (channel may vary in some
areas), Bell ExpressVu subscribers: Channel 265, Star Choice subscribers:
Channel 353 For more information on these and other programs and services,

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Paul Ginis, (416) 484-2600

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