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“CRITICAL HOURS”
 

“CRITICAL HOURS” is a documentary television series about inspiring programs around the country that put a fresh spin on learning and get kids excited about their education.

Each episode exposes the audience to a different outside-the-box educational program—a robotics tournament, a one-act play festival, a forensic science contest—that culminates in a high-intensity competition in which the students prove their knowledge, conviction and courage. Shot in an intimate documentary style, we place the viewer at the center of the action and observe the entire process, from a team's first meeting through the nerve-wracking competitions, to capture candid portraits of the participants.

Our main characters are the leaders of tomorrow—future scientists, politicians, social

workers, entertainers—and their underappreciated teachers and coaches who bring great honor to the teaching profession by encouraging original thinking through creative, hands-on learning.

But our episodes are not limited to the classroom or after-school sessions. By following the students and teachers outside of the classroom, we broaden our understanding of the people who are sacrificing their time and energy to make our country a better place.

The weeks—sometimes months—students spend participating in these programs truly are critical hours. At a time when so much emphasis is placed on achieving high, standardized test scores, these programs facilitate learning experiences that textbooks never could. As students face myriad risks outside the classroom, these programs keep them off the streets, get them excited about learning and introduce them to possible career paths. And, in a more immediate sense, time is of the essence, because as the teams prepare for the big day, every moment counts.

 

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