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Actress Meryl Streep narrates this four-part series about America's development of its public school systems since 1770. Each video includes interviews with past teachers, students, and parents as it reflects on how different educational programs have benefited various communities. Diary excerpts and archival footage help bring to life some of the most important moments in educational history. Volume two begins its coverage with the year 1900 when only six percent of the nation's teenagers were graduating from high school. Segments also review how the Great Depression, child labor law reforms, and immigration impacted the development of schools in different parts of the country. Experts also comment on the design of the first IQ test. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi