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The First Grader

The First Grade Field Trip: A Running Diary

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

9:30 a.m.: The first "how much longer?" is heard from three rows back. This is followed shortly by a "Gabe has a girlfriend," shout-out. The boy takes it in stride.

HuffPost Review: Life, Above All

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As the 30th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic arrives, it's instructive to note that, even today, there are still those benighted places -...

The best films of 2011 - so far

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So - if the movie year had ended June 30 and we had to choose the best films of 2011 from the releases that hit American screens since Jan. 1, which o...

It's Never Too Late: The Making of The First Grader

Christal Smith | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Christal Smith

He is known simply as Maruge. He witnessed some of the worst crimes against humanity in twentieth century Africa yet, in the sunset of his life, he wants nothing more than to learn to read.

Being Teacher Jane: A Lesson In Kenyan Education

Naomie Harris | Posted 07.19.2011 | Impact
Naomie Harris

Two weeks before cameras started rolling for The First Grader, I traveled to Kenya and was introduced to students as "Teacher Jane." That is how I began the hardest job of my life -- teaching.

British Director Justin Chadwick Gets the Gold Star for The First Grader

Brad Balfour | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

The First Grader tells a basic heartfelt story about an older man, the 84-year-old Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, finally fulfilling a long-unresolved dream -- to learn to read.

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

The Global Search for Education: The Way Out of Poverty

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

American educators and policy makers are trying to figure out how we, as a highly developed nation, can improve our education systems so that America can stay at the top in a rapidly changing world.

HuffPost Review: The First Grader

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The First Grader will move you, even as it reminds you of the worlds that reading can unlock. It's nice to see a movie that makes education seem like an important thing, given the anti-intellectualism that seems so rampant in the country today.

My Toronto Film Festival

Morris Ruskin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Morris Ruskin

Ben Stiller, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood and countless other stars attended The Toronto International Film ...