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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 one examines how leaders like Noah Webster, Horace Mann, and Thomas Jefferson created strong programs to educate the public. Segments also address educating specific age groups, how long students should attend classes, and who should fund these programs. Stories are also shared about some of the country's earliest one-room schoolhouses. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi