Education Desk

TED Radio Hour
8:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

"As the boundaries of what we determine as the safety zone grow ever smaller, we cut off our children from valuable opportunities to learn how to interact with the world around them." β€” Gever Tulley
TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Gever Tulley's TEDTalk

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

About Gever Tulley

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Shots - Health News
11:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Chief Medical Resident Dr. Julia Vermylen (right) critiques interns during an "intern boot camp," held at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital in June.
Stacy Thacker AP

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 4:10 pm

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected.

The reaction also raises questions about the sensitive politics involved in redistributing a large pot of money –mostly from Medicare β€” that now goes disproportionately to teaching hospitals in the U.S. Northeast. All of the changes recommended would have to be made by Congress.

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NPR Ed
8:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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U.S.
4:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New Bill Aims To Hold Colleges Accountable For Campus Sex Crimes

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:12 am

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate Bill Would Fine Colleges For Mismanaging Campus Rape Cases

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 12:48 pm

Eighteen-year-old Anna went off to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York last year, where she says she was raped several weeks into her freshman year.

A medical examiner's report found blunt-force trauma, possibly from multiple men, and found she had high alcohol levels. A witness described seeing her in the back of a dance hall being raped by a football player while others watched or took photos.

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Education
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 pm

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 pm

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Education
11:49 am
Wed July 30, 2014

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:21 pm

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

StudentsFirst Founder and CEO Michelle Rhee.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:20 pm

In Vergara v. California, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the state's teacher tenure system hurts poor, minority students because they are more likely to end up with "grossly ineffective" teachers. The case focused on three areas: tenure, cumbersome dismissal policies and seniority-based layoffs. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that several relevant state laws violated students' right to an education as spelled out in California's Constitution. Teachers unions have appealed.

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Shots - Health News
1:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Proposed changes in medical training would shift money away from big teaching hospitals to clinics.
Erikona/iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:38 pm

The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended Tuesday, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.

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Education
3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

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NPR Ed
3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

Campbell Brown of the Partnership for Educational Justice, with plaintiffs in their New York teacher tenure lawsuit.
Gwynne Hogan WNYC

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:40 pm

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.?

That question is at the center of the heated debate about teacher tenure. In New York today, a group of parents and advocates, led by former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown, filed a suit challenging state laws that govern when teachers can be given tenure and how they can be fired once they have it.

As WNYC reported, Brown announced the suit on the steps of City Hall:

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Higher Ed
3:10 am
Mon July 28, 2014

UIS Enforcing Campus Housing Requirement

Credit Kaitie Devlin/WUIS

A closer look from student reporter Kaitie Devlin:Β 

About two years ago, the University of Illinois Springfield decided on a new mandate for student housing. The rule entailed that students must live on campus for their 1st and 2nd years of schooling. Even though the rule was made two years ago, the regulation was not implemented on campus, until now.

With the cost of housing along with more incoming students and their parents wanting to save money, could this requirement really be worth it in the long run?

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Men In America
4:17 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks.
Courtesy East Bay School for Boys

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:22 pm

This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.

In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.

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Education
4:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:52 pm

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NPR Ed
8:08 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Most of what we know β€” or think we know β€” about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:40 pm

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Education
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:33 pm

One of the questions we're most frequently asked on the NPR Ed team is, essentially, "Don't you guys get a lot of money from the Gates Foundation?"

The answer is, of course, yes.

What that question is often implying is: "Aren't you guys just a mouthpiece for the Gates Foundation's agenda?"

The answer is, of course, no.

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Education
6:13 am
Fri July 25, 2014

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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StoryCorps
4:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention."
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

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NPR Ed
1:31 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Gary Kendrick, 8, works on his freestyle stroke with help from a counselor at Ransom Everglades School. Kendrick did not know how to swim before he started lessons at the school.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:52 pm

It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.

Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.

"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. I ain't even know I was moving."

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Education
3:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:36 pm

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For more on the state of play nationwide for the Common Core we're joined by Cory Turner from the NPR Ed Team. Hey there, Cory.

CORY TURNER, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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Education
3:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:36 pm

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Goats and Soda
1:30 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori's Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe.
via Kickstarter

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 2:50 pm

At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.

The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where his school only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.

But that didn't stop him. Now 15, Gidori is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.

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NPR Ed
2:38 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores

Putting charter school research under a microscope.
Flickr

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 6:30 pm

The University of Arkansas today released what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement.

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Education Desk
12:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

With GED, Illinois Bundles Job Training

A new approach to adult education in Illinois puts GED instruction in the context of job skills, such as nursing, welding or operating a forklift.
Credit Mike Mozart (flickr.com/jeepersmedia)

Illinois is trying to expand educational opportunities for adults who didn't finish high school. That means moving beyond the GED.

The Census Bureau says average monthly earnings of a high school grad are nearly 10 percent higher than those of someone with a GED. And while a third of high school grads eventually earn a bachelor's degree, the GED number is 1 in 20.

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory

Haziz Self says that he's learned "what it means to live up to your principles."
Kimberly Paynter WHYY

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:19 pm

Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project β€” a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city's toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.

In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality. It's called The Workshop School.

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Shots - Health News
3:43 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health

Researchers are just starting to look at how school choice affects health.
romester/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 3:47 pm

Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.

Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.

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Education Desk
6:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Houston Says District 186 Needs To Build Credibility Before Asking For Tax Hike

Credit montanapublicmedia.org

WUIS is asking the candidates for Springfield mayor to talk about education issues facing the community. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's concerned that most new single family homes in the area are in suburban school districts.Β Β  He says an increase in funding for District 186 is probably needed, but says the school board needs to build credibility first.

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