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Walt Disney, educator provided by Jeff Kurtti, former Walt Disney Imagineer and one of the leading authorities on The Walt Disney Company and its history “I am not trying to be a teacher,” Walt Disney said. “I want to make stories to apply to a broad field, so that mother and father can understand the need and will help the child. If we can accomplish that, our work has been worthwhile.” Although Walt humbly denied that he had any aspirations to be an educator, throughout his career his work proved time and again that he was an educator — and a remarkably skilled one at that. He began young, in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1922. Dentist Thomas B. McCrumb commissioned Walt to make a short silent film to help make dental hygiene more understandable. “Tommy Tucker’s Tooth” is a lesson on the benefits of regular tooth brushing. Disney historian Jim Korkis observes that Walt’s technique for delivering effective messages was already in place. “Watching the film today, it is still effective because Walt cleverly connected dental care principles with things that people already knew and understood, like refrigerating food and darning socks,” Korkis says. “The film shows how Walt understood how to communicate important information with humor and using familiar similarities that would be very evident in the military training films and educational films that the Disney Studios would make decades later.” 6| N extra credit – WALT DISNEY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013
Walt Disney, Educator
Career Spotlight
A Touching Reunion
Engineering for Today
Career Spotlight
Research and Storytelling
Center Stage
Disney Dreamers Academy
The Path to Newsies
Creativity in the Classroom
Educational Field Trips
Inspiring Through Theatre
Festival Disney Turns 10
New Learning Opportunities
The Visual Musicians
Beyond the Bright Lights
Music Education Excellence
Focus on the Future
Poetic License
Spotlight On: The Disney Honors
Disney Performing Arts Alumni
Mickey’s Education Adventure
Disney Performing Arts Opportunities
Disney Youth Education Series Opportunities
Students Get the “Scoop”
The Fundamentals of Finance
Advertisers and Thank You
Travel Planner Honors
Mickey’s Mind Teasers

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

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