Divestment on Campus05/28/15
Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to âdivestâ from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?
Can how you move change how you think?
Scientists have long thought of the brain as a âcontrol centerâ for the body â a kind of computer that dictates how we move. But what if how we walk and stand and gesture could actually change how we think?
There are places in the world where kids go to school not in classrooms, but in the woods. This week on the podcast, Emily Hanford goes to Quechee, Vermont to understand why teachers there wanted to take their kindergarteners into the forest, and what...
Exposing Conditions at Native Schools
There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. Some students at BIE schools deal with poorly-insulated classrooms, holes in the roof, rodents, and other issues on a daily...
A generation ago, if you walked into an American classroom, youâd likely find a veteran teacher who'd been on the job for 15 years or more. Today you're more likely to find a brand-new teacher â someone who's been the job for a year or less.
The First Gen Movement
Over the past decade many elite colleges have taken great strides to admit low-income students, but there are unanticipated financial and cultural barriers to fitting in on campus that canât easily be solved by merely giving students a foot in the...
The Lost Children of Katrina
In the year following Hurricane Katrina, 30 percent of displaced children were either not enrolled in school or not attending regularly. Today, Louisiana has the nationâs highest rate of young adults who are neither in school nor working. And...
Saving a Women's College from Closure
Last month the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school will shut its doors at the end of this term, due to financial difficulties. The announcement was made abruptly, sending the campus community into a state of shock... and then...
The Future of College
Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is stirring up debate in higher ed circles. This week, a response to the book by a critic.
The End of College or the University of Everywhere
When education policy wonk Kevin Carey looks into the future, he sees the end of traditional colleges and universities and he says that's a good thing.
Today older Americans are heading back to school in record numbers. Many have already started a career, but want to gain knowledge or skills that can make them more competitive in the workplace. Colleges and universities are grappling with the needs...
In her new book,âThe Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized TestingâBut You Donât Have to Be,â NPR Education Blogger Anya Kamenetz examines the role testing plays in American public education.
An Administrator Responds to Adjunct Protests
Last week, we talked about growing dissent among adjunct college instructors who claim theyâre not getting compensated fairly for the work they do. This week weâll hear from someone who has dealt with this issue from the administration side.
What would higher education look like without adjunct professors? Thatâs what a grass-roots group of academics is trying to prove by holding a National Adjunct Walk-out Day on February 25.
To Test or Not to Test?
Sometime in the next few weeks, Senate Republicans and Democrats will vote to reauthorize The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. On the podcast this week, we talk to two education advocates who differ on how and when we should test our kids.
Looking back: An Imperfect Revolution
In June 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school desegregation plans that look at studentsâ race. This week on the podcast, weâre featuring our 2007 documentary, âAn Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era,"
Are HBCUs the Key to Producing More African American...
We talk to a Dallas doctor who thinks the HBCUs may be the best pathways to for African Americans interested in careers in medicine.
Boosting Black Male Student Achievement
The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.
Free Community College for All
President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls âresponsible studentsâ who are âwilling to work for it.â Itâs being called âAmericaâs College Promise.â This week on the podcast we examine the...
What's in a number?
Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put âem down.
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