He Comes From Another Room (1974)

16 Dec
Producer  U.S. National Institute of Mental Health; released by National Media Center. “One to Grow On” series.
Length  35 min
B&W/Color  color
UO Library Catalog description:  Shows scenes in a special education class which provides a flexible program for seven mentally retarded boys from age six to ten in order to provide information about integrating children with special needs into a regular school setting.
Call # FILM Mc203
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  poor
Oregon-related  no


Contemporary journal review says it was meant primarily for teachers, and comments upon it quite positively, calling it “extraordinary, dramatic and poignant,” a recording of spontaneous activity in a classroom led by an excellent teacher. The teacher is particularly praised for being able to accept and handle insubordination from students (which the review treats as a moment in which the students learn she is “in fact, real and human”).

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