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First Degree: Here's A Moving Program about the Saving Power of Higher Education

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This is . a wonderful documentary about a higher education program that awards degrees to prisoners at the notorious Sing Sing prison in Ossining, New York. It enables hardened criminals to study in a genuine college program and earn a bachelor's degree. The prisoners describe how education has changed their lives.  FIRST DEGREE takes viewers inside this notorious maximum security prison and introduces them to some unforgettable inmates who discover the transformative power of higher education, their stories are emblematic of larger challenges facing our society. The land of the free is now the world’s biggest jailer with almost 7 million Americans in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole. Although America has 5% of the world’s population, it has 25% of the world’s prisoners.FIRST DEGREE make if perfectly clear that higher education in prison can save lives as well as money.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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