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In his 44 year career as a script writer with the company, Mel Waskin wrote many of the films that helped shape the educational experience of students across America.

And these messages are still being taught in homes and schools many decades later.

So, laugh at their superficial gloss, as one might snicker at clothing styles worn in earlier times. Laughing at school films from our youth does not mean they were wrong-or that we have solved the problems they recognized.

It does not mean that society in middle of the last century was "square" and today we are "way cool." Style changes, but social dilemmas endure. Fred Mac Donald is Professor of History, Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

And so we are left with the realization that those school films did not--perhaps could not--solve the problems of their era; and that we must fashion our own style in addressing most of those same problems because we have seen the past and it is us. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.

He wrote and produced the "Those Films You Saw in School" installment of Chicago Stories.

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