Minorities and Special Ed07/02/15
For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.
Learning from Video Games
A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.
Teaching the Birds and the Bees
For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought sheâd go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to...
Divestment on Campus
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,"
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