Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged brain injuries, classroom, engineering, frontline, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, lesson plan, NFL, pbs, pbs learningmedia, science, technology, video on October 7, 2013 |
This Tuesday, October 8, at 9pm, WGBY airs League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis. In a special investigation, FRONTLINE joins prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the hidden story of brain injuries and the NFL, which is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has covered up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players.
The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, death, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats. Watch a preview.
Here are a few examples from pages of classroom resources about the brain at PBS LearningMedia:
Brain Safety Design Challenge
(Grades 5-12) In this Teaching Channel video, Channa Comer introduces her 6th graders to the design process through an engineering challenge to design a football helmet to prevent injury, using an egg as a model head. (Includes background essay, audio description and discussion questions)
The Teenage Brain
(Grades 6-8) Why do teenagers act the way they do? This video segment and discussion questions from FRONTLINE: “Inside the Teenage Brain” explores the work scientists are doing to explain some of the mysteries of teenage behavior.
Journey Into the Brain
(Grades 9-12) In this lesson plan that uses segments from the PBS program The Human Spark, students learn about the human brain, including information about brain regions, brain activity and technologies used to explore brain activity.
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On Tuesday, August 13, WGBY is airing three consecutive programs with tragically strong connections to education. (You can also search these PBS programs at a later date to learn about their availability.)
8:00pm: AFTER NEWTOWN: GUNS IN AMERICA is an unprecedented exploration of America’s enduring relationship with firearms. This program traces the evolution of guns in America, their frequent link to violence and the clash of cultures that reflect competing visions of our national identity
9:00pm: FIXING JUVIE JUSTICE — America’s reliance on juvenile incarceration is the highest among the world’s developing nations. It has costly implications, both financially and for the future of the youth at risk. (It costs approximately $88,000 per year to send our youth to juvenile incarceration and nearly 70% of them are re-arrested after being released.) Could there be an alternative to this broken system of kids cycling in and out of the grasp of the juvenile justice system? Now in an experiment, a group of innovators in Baltimore, on a quest to fix the broken system, turn to an island on the other side of the world for a possible solution.
10:00pm: FOOTBALL HIGH: As high school players grow bigger, faster and stronger, there are growing concerns about the health and safety of these young players — with rising rates of concussions, career-ending injuries, even death. In Arkansas, FRONTLINE documents a tragic story of heatstroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?
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As educators, perhaps you know that poor children are entitled by law to dental care, but do you know they often can’t find a dentist willing to see them? On Tuesday, June 26, at 10:00pm, WGBY will air Frontline: Dentists and Dollars, which investigates a broken safety net where more than 100 million Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist, its shocking consequences and solutions to fix it.
One in four children have untreated tooth decay, now the most common chronic illness among school-aged children with adults faring no better. Part of the problem is that many people don’t have dental insurance and can’t afford steep out-of-pocket costs for care. Medicare offers no dental coverage unless it’s connected to a medical procedure, and while poor children are covered by Medicaid, many dentists’ offices turn them away because the profit margins are so low. In 2009, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation data, 19 million children had no dental insurance — more than twice the number who went without health insurance.
Frontline also looks at the practices of two private companies offering dental care for those in need, Kool Smiles and Aspen Dental, and the questions raised about whether such companies are taking advantage of some young patients and offering financing that may be exploiting poor families.
We hope you’ll watch this Frontline documentary to learn more about the state of our children’s dental health care.
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The youth of the Arab world are helping bring this region of the world into the 20th century. Frontline dispatched teams to Cairo, Egypt, going inside the youth movement that helped light the fire on the streets. The team followed the April 6, 2011 Youth Movement which two years ago made bold use of the Internet for their underground resistance; tactics that led to jail and torture for many of their leaders. The Frontline team witnessed those same leaders plot strategy and head into “Liberation Square” to successfully bring down President Hosni Mubarak. “Revolution in Cairo”, I.D. 2011, 60 minutes.
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