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Going to School in India

Going to School in India

Spring 2007 DVD
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $29.95
Review:
Going to school in India can be quite a different experience from going to school in North America. There are schools in boats, in buses, “in the dark,” and in mountain monasteries. Nine chapters explore unusual school situations and focus on the lives of the children who attend them. Some children are the first in their family to attend school. Some live on houseboats, others in desert villages. All have something interesting to say. Each segment provides a host of learning and discussion opportunities with children. In our household, we had an interesting talk about the all-girls' night school, which girls attend because they work all day so their brothers can attend schools. “It is very different to be a girl in my world,” the narrator says. “If I could travel anywhere, I would like to go see your school.” What's not clear is whether these are the actual words of the young people, or whether they are scripted comments. Still, whether the words of admiration for teachers and education are their own or not, there's still plenty of interesting information for the young Western child to absorb. The voiceover narration is performed in English by Indian-born actors; there are also subtitles in Spanish and English with a viewing option for Hindi as well. This is a good choice for school and library collections.
Reilly Reagan   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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