For several generations of us, one of the joys of grade school was returning to the classroom after recess to discover a film projector aimed at a white screen. The subject of the tightly wound reel of celluloid could be anything from a tutorial on table manners to a tour of the Grand Canyon. Better yet, once we reached our teens, the possibilities for educational films broadened to include more entertaining topics, like teenage rebellion, dating and, yes, even the mysteries of kissing.
Confronting these subjects in our typically dull homeroom was awkward bordering on surreal, making the experience unforgettable. We may have joked about the educational films on the bus ride home, but many of us remain profoundly affected by what took place in those darkened classrooms.
Further your knowledge with this list of educational film favorites in the gallery below.
Educational Films List and story by Kirk Demarais, author of Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads, published by Insight Editions