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The Harvesting of Minds (1982)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Louisiana, North Carolina

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-12-08

Duration: 00:57:14

Subjects: Education | Gifted children | New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront | Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts


  • Geltner, Naomi Narrator
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Sawyer, Robert Interviewee
  • Goodrich, Ann Interviewee
  • Renzulli, Joseph Interviewee
  • Castille, Ruth Interviewee
  • Feldhusen, John Interviewee
  • Eckstein, Marcia Interviewee
  • Kao, Jean Interviewee
  • Kao, Fred Interviewee
  • Wilkenfeld, Melvyn Interviewee
  • Wilkenfeld, Missi Interviewee
  • Brumberger, Sally Clausen Interviewee
  • Torrance, E. Paul Interviewee
  • Tunnard, Gloria Interviewee
  • Poche, Patsy Interviewee
  • Hall, Clarence Interviewee
  • Sheldon, Janet Interviewee
  • Lormand, Eric Interviewee
  • Bertrand, John Interviewee
  • Lormand, Francis Interviewee
  • Doughty, John Interviewee
  • Middleton, George Interviewee
  • Honsinger, Paul Interviewee
  • Helm, Henry Interviewee
  • Frank, Lenny Interviewee
  • Keith, Mike Interviewee
  • Marsalis, Ellis Interviewee
  • Tews, Tom Interviewee
  • Braud, Bert Interviewee
  • Lindgren, Robert Interviewee
  • Roland, Donald Interviewee
  • Colby, Laurie Interviewee
  • Suderburg, Robert Interviewee
  • Davis, Steve Interviewee
  • Austin, Joe Interviewee
  • Ingram, Kristi Interviewee
  • Eilber, Charles Interviewee
  • Taylor, John Interviewee
  • Alost, Robert Interviewee
  • Davis, Leroy Interviewee
  • Dole, Chris Interviewee
  • Dole, Fred Interviewee
  • Bowen, Jay Interviewee
  • Delisle, James Interviewee
  • Coffey, Kay Interviewee


This documentary from November 17, 1982, focuses on the educational programs aimed at meeting the special needs of gifted and talented students in Louisiana. It touches on: the testing used to identify gifted students; the testing of preschool children; enrichment programs; two schools for gifted and talented students in New Orleans, Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA); the first two residential schools for gifted and talented students in the United States, North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM); the plans for the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), a residential school in Natchitoches; and the underrepresentation of minorities and children with learning disabilities in the gifted and talented programs. It includes interviews with: Robert Sawyer of Duke University; Dr. Ann Goodrich, psychologist; Dr. Joseph Renzulli, psychologist; Ruth Castille of the Louisiana Department of Education; Dr. John Feldhusen of Purdue University; Marcia Eckstein, parent; Jean Kao, parent; Fred Kao, gifted student; Melvyn Wilkenfeld, parent; Missi Wilkenfeld, gifted student; Dr. Sally Clausen Brumberger of the East Baton Rouge Parish pupil appraisal; Dr. E. Paul Torrance, psychologist; Gloria Tunnard, teacher; Pasty Poche, preschool director; Dr. Clarence Hall, LSU enrichment program; Janet Sheldon, parent; Eric Lormand, gifted student; John Bertrand, Acadia Parish Schools; Francis Lormand, parent; John Doughty, Acadia Parish Schools; George Middleton, director of the Governor’s Program; Paul Honsinger, Governor’s Program; Henry Helm, principal at Benjamin Franklin; Lenny Frank, counselor; Mike Keith, teacher; Ellis Marsalis, NOCCA jazz teacher; Dr. Tom Tews, NOCCA principal; Bert Braud, NOCCA music instructor; Robert Lindgren, NCSA dean of dance; Donald Roland, student; Laurie Colby, student; Robert Suderburg, NCSA chancellor; Dr. Steve Davis, NCSSM teacher; Joe Austin, student; Kristi Ingram, student; Charles Elber, NCSSM director; John Taylor of Northwestern State University; Robert Alost, LSMSA director; Leroy Davis, parent; Chris Dole, gifted student; Fred Dole, parent; Jay Bowen, therapist; Dr. James Delisle of the University of Connecticut; and Kay Coffey of the Gifted Association. This program was preserved through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting’s Transcribe to Digitize Challenge, a partnership with George Blood LP.