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9:51 am
Fri May 30, 2014

In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy

Miles Thompson of the SUNY-Albany Great Danes broke the record for goals in a season this year β€” a season which also saw his younger brother and teammate, Lyle, break the record for overall points.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 2:26 pm

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with a lacrosse stick, surging forward.

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Fri May 30, 2014

National Spelling Bee: Rare Co-Champions, And A Star Online

Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., were named co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Their siblings helped them celebrate the first shared title since 1962.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:41 am

For the first time in 52 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two winners last night, after the final two competitors exhausted the word list. The winners were Sriram Hathwar, an eighth-grader from Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas.

"I like sharing the victory with someone else," Ansun said. "It's been quite shocking and quite interesting, too. It's very rare."

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NPR Ed
1:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

California high school students Briana Lamb and Cristian Gaspar are named in the ACLU's equal learning time lawsuit.
ACLU SoCal/Public Counsel

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:00 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that high poverty schools in California are denying students the learning time they need to succeed. The problem is so great and so pervasive, the lawsuit claims, that it violates the state constitution.

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NPR Ed
12:03 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

Queens Royal College, a historic secondary school in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
David Stanley Flickr

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 2:05 pm

A new pioneer has just planted its flag on the ed-tech frontier: the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its government this week announced the creation of a "national knowledge network" to promote free online learning in partnership with Khan Academy and Coursera. The initiative is part of a broader national strategy of investment in education.

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NPR Ed
6:49 am
Wed May 28, 2014

When College Isn't Worth It

Save up your pennies ... but shop wisely.
Doram iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 9:45 am

The New York Times highlighted new data yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising. College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as workers without a four-year degree. And the lifetime value of a diploma is now around a half-million dollars, even after you factor in tuition.

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NPR Ed
11:37 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Common Core FAQ

Louis C.K. isn't the only parent confused about the Common Core.
Mike Coppola Getty

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 8:42 am

The Common Core State Standards have vaulted into the national consciousness lately thanks to some high-profile dissenters, like Louis C.K. ("Kids teachers parents are vocally suffering.") and Stephen Colbert ("Common Core testing is preparing students for what they'll face as adults β€” pointless stress and confusion.")

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NPR Ed
6:07 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The 3 Questions To Ask In Any Classroom

Does colorful classroom art necessarily mean great teaching?
Steve Ioya Flickr

It's a frequent complaint in education journalism: Reporters should spend less time at school board meetings and get into a classroom to find out what's really going on.

For reporters, though, that's a challenge and a risk, because lots of good journalists don't know what to look for in a busy classroom. How do you know if what you're seeing is "good" or not? After all, reporters aren't professional educators. And they're often under deadline.

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Youth Radio
5:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Meadow Homes 4th Graders Embrace Common Core Standards

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

The Common Core State Standards have roiled state legislatures across the country and frustrated some parents. But what do kids think of them? We visit a school in California's Bay Area to find out.

Education
5:12 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Colorado Law Helps Remedial College Students Be Successful

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:21 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Every year, half of all students who get accepted to college are told that in spite of being accepted they are not ready, at least not in one or more subjects like math. So they're sent to remedial class.

DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: And then thousands of them drop out. And that is costing states and students an estimated $3 billion a year.

INSKEEP: Which is why some states are working to reform a broken remedial system. From Colorado Public Radio, Jenny Brundin reports.

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Education
3:59 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 4:43 pm

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

Education
3:59 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 4:43 pm

States are centralizing record-keeping and tracking student progress, while online educational software sheds light on how students learn. But many worry about how this information could be misused.

NPR Ed
1:47 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Your Thoughts On The Most Important Challenge Facing Education

Many call for revisions in education.
Nic McPhee Flickr

For our first blog post last week, we asked about the biggest opportunities and challenges in education today and repeated the call on Twitter. Here's what you said. You can also read this story on Storify.

The Two-Way
7:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird didn't make the cut in the U.K.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 11:56 am

For decades, British students have grown up reading the American classics To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible. Now, if students want to read those books, it will be on their own time. Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller are out β€” perhaps replaced by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and George Eliot.

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Education
2:12 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

After Months Of Homelessness, A Teen Leaves The Woods Behind

Desiree Wieczorek sits in a bedroom she now shares with her sister. The best part of living in a house after being homeless for five months, she says, is the warm showers.
Sarah Harris North Country Public Radio

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 9:53 pm

You may think of homelessness as a distinctly urban issue, with people sleeping in shelters or on the streets. But homelessness happens in rural communities too, and it happens to children.

For Desiree Wieczorek, a 10th-grader in northern New York, homelessness was all too real last year. For five months, she and her family lived in the woods near Parishville, N.Y.

Recently, I trekked into the woods with Desiree and her father, Kenny, to the area where they had lived. It's remote, with tall trees and a raging river.

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Why Mr. Rogers Is Having A Big Moment In Education

Digital media? Creativity? Early Childhood education? Mr. Rogers was an early champion for trends that are hot in education today.
AP

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 11:18 am

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

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Mental Health
6:49 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Students Struggle With Depression β€” And With Telling The Story

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 1:09 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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Education
3:43 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

At Pa. School, Teens Build Empathy By Confiding In A Crowd

Lavita, Sierra and Tyshierra are Freire Charter School students who stood up and told stories that made them vulnerable in front of their classmates. Lavita says now she feels "like anything is possible."
Kimberly Paynter WHYY

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:40 pm

Imagine this: a high school assembly where students share their deepest, most painful secrets β€” and instead of judgment from their peers, they get applause.

That's the approach Philadelphia's Freire Charter School has taken in its effort to prevent the next violent outburst or the next tragedy on campus. Instead of turning to guards or metal detectors, the school is making empathy part of its curriculum.

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NPR Ed
10:21 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Crisis In The 'Ivory Tower'

Ivory Tower is a new film about higher education at a crossroads.
CNN/TakePart

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:21 pm

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NPR Ed
9:54 am
Fri May 23, 2014

We Look Amazing In These Gowns

You will never look at a commencement gown the same way again.
Steve Cutts for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 11:03 am

Former Clinton and Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett knocked it out of the park last year at Pitzer College's commencement. We asked the brilliant animator Steve Cutts to bring part of his address to life in pictures. You will likely never look at a commencement gown the same way again.

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Around the Nation
4:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Florida, there are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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Games & Humor
12:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Does Smuggling A Cow Into School Make You A Creative Genius?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's take a minute to congratulate our graduating seniors. But according to our next guest, we might want to take another minute to congratulate the senior pranksters. They've been busy this year already. Students in Chandler, Ariz., managed to park several cars in the school's main hallway. This week, high school students in Northborough, Mass., brought a goat and a chicken into school in the middle of the night.

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Around the Nation
12:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Teenage Mischief Can Lead To Jail Time In Tennessee

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:58 pm

Teenagers get in trouble for skipping school, breaking curfew or buying cigarettes, but in one Tennessee county, that can mean jail. Susan Ferriss reported on this for the Center for Public Integrity.

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NPR Ed
9:54 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Not all kids lie on research surveys. But enough teenagers make up answers that it can significantly skew the results.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:30 pm

Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey β€” a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without any grown-ups hovering over them. Hundreds of thousands of students take such surveys every year. School districts use them to gather data; so do the federal government, states and independent researchers.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Japanese School Says It Won't Be Kinki Anymore

An image of the Kinki University website. The school plans to change its name, citing possible misunderstandings by English speakers.
Kinki University

In an effort to broaden its international appeal, a Japanese college is phasing out its titter-inducing name. Osaka's Kinki University is named for its home region in south-central Japan. But school officials say the name is distracting; they note that foreigners who attend conferences there often make jokes about their visit to the Kinki school.

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NPR Ed
8:39 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Commencement Mashup: The Speech In 8 Easy Steps

Dick Costolo, Amy Poehler and Neil deGrasse Tyson all appear in NPR's commencement speech mashup.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:59 pm

A noble institution? A good show? A tedious quarter-hour of lame jokes told under the hot sun? The American commencement address can be all of these things.

We skipped and slogged through 50 of the most popular commencement speeches on YouTube - looking for inspiration, wisdom, amusement, corny jokes and clichΓ©s - to bring you this mashup of highlights and lowlights.

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Education Desk
7:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

School Funding Discussion WUIS Education Desk

Credit Dan LoGrasso / WUIS

The way schools are funded in Illinois has been getting a lot of attention lately.Β  The WUIS Education Desk presents a discussion entitled "Transforming Our Schools:Β  A Panel On Education Funding" held recently in Decatur.Β Β  The panel includes State Senator Andy Manar, Warrensburg-Latham Superintendent Kristen Kendrick, Decatur Public Schools Director of Business Affairs Todd Covault, Center for Tax & Budget Accountability Director Ralph Martire and moderators Brian Byers of WSOY & Bill Wheelhouse, WUIS. The event was coordinated with the Education Coalition of Macon County.

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NPR Ed
7:21 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech

Comedian and actress Amy Poehler addresses Harvard University's graduating class of 2011 on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

It's that time again β€” graduation season. And that means next week or last week or right this very minute, some 7 million students in the U.S. and lots of doting parents have to sit through a commencement speech.

If you're stuck listening to a particularly bad one β€” or just need an inspiration infusion β€” the NPR Ed Team has sifted through hundreds of past speeches (going all the way back to 1774) and built an online database of the very best.

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Education
4:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Young Poet, Big Prize: A Conversation With The Sophie Kerr Winner

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This year's Pulitzer Prize for poetry carries with it a cash prize of $10,000. The National Book Award for poetry, same amount, $10,000. That's just a little context for the whopper of a prize that Alexander Stinton just won for his poetry. Stinton is a graduating senior at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland and the prize that he won last week is the Sophie Kerr Prize.

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Your Money
10:19 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Wait! Don't Spend That Graduation Cash Just Yet

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:26 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's turn now to matters of personal finance. Graduation season is here, and many newly minted graduates are hoping that there's more in those cards than the well wishes of aunts, uncles and godparents. Yes, we're talking money. There's likely to be a $20 bill or two for high school grads and, perhaps, some more serious cash for those who are finishing college or graduate school.

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NPR Ed
8:40 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The 25 Most Promising Graduation Speeches Of The Year

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

Every year, for the past eight years, I've read hundreds and hundreds of graduation speeches, all told more than 1,000.

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