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  • Directors: Geraldine Wurzburg
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Direct Cinema Limited
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOT9KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Educating Peter" on IMDb

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ACADEMY AWARD, Best Documentary Short Film Peter Gwazdauska has Down Syndrome, and until this year he attended classes with children like himeslf. EDUCATING PETER is the story of Peter's first year in a regular classroom with normal children. The first week of classes in Mrs. Stallings' third grade class is probably the most harrowing in the lives of many of these children. However after many tribulations and a great deal of planning, Mts. Stallings, her students, and Peter grow to accept, trust and learn from each other.

"You think that you're teaching Peter things, but really Peter's teaching you things. We might be teaching him stuff like how to do things, but he's teaching us more how to think and how to react to other problems," said Jill Fox, a classmate of Peter's. This documentary is about the changes that take place over the course of the school year, as Peter, his classmates, and the teacher learn lessons that go far beyond their academic subjects.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita S. Cruz on May 17, 2010
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I purchased this video in preparation for my 9yo son with DS entering the U.S. public school system for the first time as he had been schooled overseas all this time. We love the video and related very well with Peter's parents. My son loves watching this video and I have shared this with my son's caregivers and teachers and therapists as well. Though every child is unique, this video I think gives a good idea of what the experience may be like for teachers and peers to have a child/kid with special needs in a regular classroom setting, especially from a behavior management standpoint, social as well as academic goals and objectives over the course of a school year. This is a great documentary that I highly recommend to others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine M. Harper on July 19, 2010
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Excellent teaching tool in our High School class of Tutors in training. Lead to classroom discussion and a much broader understanding of individuals with special needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NJC on November 29, 2012
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Having worked with a range of developmentally disabled kids and adults, I found this documentary to be a good representation of many of the challenges of dealing with these life issues. The DVD shows an early example of integrating DD kids into regular classrooms, showing both what works and what doesn't. For those who might be interested, HBO made a follow up to this called "Graduating Peter", that delves into more of the long term issues for both Peter and his parents. Although practices have evolved and improved a lot since this series came out, it's still a relevant case study, and highlights many of the challenges facing DD people, their families, and their communities.
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By carmen trinidad on May 23, 2014
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Very educational, and a great learning tool for my children and myself, DVD was in very good condition. Loved it.
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