Education http://wuis.org en A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://wuis.org/post/scientific-experiment-field-trips-just-teachers In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.<p>But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.<p>That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.<p>"That's why I'm here," says fifth-grade teacher Joel Spears. "I teach all the subjects. I went in not knowing how to teach science, really. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 23401 at http://wuis.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers 'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words http://wuis.org/post/little-language-vacuum-cleaners-kids-suck-swear-words Most parents are pretty concerned about their kids using foul language.<p>Dr. Timothy Jay, a psychologist and expert in swearing, says parents worried about bad words might be fighting a losing battle.<p>"As soon as kids start talking, they pick up this kind of language," Jay says. "They're like little language vacuum cleaners, so they repeat what they hear."<p>They pick it up from parents — as much as they may try to hide it — from siblings and peers, and entertainment. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23402 at http://wuis.org 'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words 15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? http://wuis.org/post/15-years-after-columbine-are-schools-any-safer Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. That day, two students opened fire and killed 13 people.<p>And the tragedy put school safety in the national spotlight. Since then, many schools have adopted what's called zero-tolerance policies. That means the schools mandate harsh consequences like suspension or expulsion for students who are violent, bring weapons or drugs on campus. But critics say these policies may have gone too far. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 23277 at http://wuis.org New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays http://wuis.org/post/new-yorks-muslims-push-public-schools-close-eid-holidays Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Now we turn to a campaign to recognize Muslim religious holidays in the New York public school system. Roughly 10 percent of New York City's public school children are Muslims. And their parents are asking that schools close for the most sacred Muslim holidays. They argue that Christian and Jewish students get their most important holidays off already. Current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea during his campaign. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 23275 at http://wuis.org Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future' http://wuis.org/post/six-words-segregation-should-not-determine-our-future <em>The investigative journalism group ProPublica, with reporter Nikole Hannah</em><em>-</em><em>Jones, has just completed a yearlong project, </em><a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/segregation-now-the-resegregation-of-americas-schools/#intro">Segregation Now</a><em>, exploring the re-segregation of schools in the U.S., with a particular look at Tuscaloosa, Ala.</em><p><em>In partnership with ProPublica, </em><a href="http://theracecardproject.com/">The Race Card Project</a> <em>went to Tuscaloosa to collect resident's six-word stories about changes in the racial makeup of their city. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 23246 at http://wuis.org Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future' You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class http://wuis.org/post/youve-served-your-country-now-get-class Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This spring, we're joining our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition to bring you stories that might help you navigate the higher education money maze. And today we want to talk about veterans.<p>There are a number of education programs to help military veterans pay for college. That includes the G.I. Bill. In fact, the government processed almost 1 million veterans' claims for education benefits in 2012. That's the most recent year we have available data. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 23197 at http://wuis.org Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech http://wuis.org/post/interview-john-tinker-landmark-case-students-right-free-speech <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:46:13 +0000 Rachel Otwell 23194 at http://wuis.org Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech How Much Would Your School District Lose? http://wuis.org/post/how-much-would-your-school-district-lose <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">New data</a> suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23168 at http://wuis.org How Much Would Your School District Lose? Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College http://wuis.org/post/pay-it-forward-proposal-could-help-students-afford-college A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 23178 at http://wuis.org The Impact of Education on the Local Economy http://wuis.org/post/impact-education-local-economy <p>Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A WUIS ENGAGE BREAKFAST</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hoogland Center for the Arts - </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;III</span><br /><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://bit.ly/1p6JvkI" target="_blank">TICKETS $25* BUY NOW!</a></strong></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:48:38 +0000 Randy Eccles 22937 at http://wuis.org The Impact of Education on the Local Economy Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? http://wuis.org/post/charter-schools-what-does-future-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Supporters say they allow schools to teach kids free of burdensome regulations.&nbsp; Opponents say they take money away from traditional schools.&nbsp; In Illinois this year, those views are colliding.&nbsp; In the final installment of our series, we find out</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the fight at the statehouse and what it might mean for charters:</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:57:49 +0000 Rachel Otwell 22798 at http://wuis.org Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? UIC Faculty Authorizes Second Strike http://wuis.org/post/uic-faculty-authorizes-second-strike <p></p><p>The faculty union at the University of Illinois-Chicago says its members have voted to go ahead with a second strike if negotiations with the university fail to yield an agreement.</p><p>The University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty said in a news release that its members voted Wednesday night to authorize a strike on April 23. The union staged a two-day strike in February. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Sean Crawford 22758 at http://wuis.org UIC Faculty Authorizes Second Strike Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need? http://wuis.org/post/charter-schools-fix-ailing-districts-need <p>Nearly two decades ago when the state legislature paved the way for <a href="http://www.isbe.state.il.us/scsc/pdf/faq.pdf">charter schools</a>, Republicans were in control and touted them as an innovative way to improve education by removing many rules and regulations. Now there are about 145 charter school campuses across the state, the vast majority in Chicago. Supporters say they are the change an ailing education system needs, but it's a contentious topic. In this report, the first of a two-part series, we visit a charter school and explore the differing opinions about them:</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:55:57 +0000 Rachel Otwell 22664 at http://wuis.org Charter Schools: The Fix Ailing Districts Need? In Turnaround, More Moms Are Staying Home, Study Says http://wuis.org/post/turnaround-more-moms-are-staying-home-study-says After decades on the decline, the number of "stay at home" moms in the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22646 at http://wuis.org Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete? http://wuis.org/post/debate-online-world-are-brick-and-mortar-colleges-obsolete Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of the price of a traditional, on-campus degree. Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCS, are also catching on in the U.S. and around the world.<p>In a society that conducts more and more work and play online, these online offerings seem to represent a natural progression of the higher education experience. Proponents point out that "college by Internet" is flexible and economical, and allows students to review material as needed. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22644 at http://wuis.org Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete? With Free Tuition, Mich. Students Hear 'You Are Going To College' http://wuis.org/post/free-tuition-mich-students-hear-you-are-going-college Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. This spring, we're joining our colleagues at Morning Edition to take a closer look at paying for college. So far in this series, we've talked about navigating the mountains of paperwork, whether working during school is a good idea, and if so, how much is too much. And we've also talked about the huge debt that many students face after graduation. But imagine if all those worries went away.<p>What if the city you lived in footed the bill for college? Kalamazoo, Michigan is doing that. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 22641 at http://wuis.org Students Showcase Their Work At UIS Symposium http://wuis.org/post/students-showcase-their-work-uis-symposium <p>The University of Illinois Springfield campus will give examples of what students have been up to at the upcoming&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uis.edu/undergraduateresearch/stars/">Student Arts and Research Symposium</a> (StARS).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>From research to art projects, it's all on display.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's an extremely supportive environment," said senior Brianna Werner.&nbsp; "Both from faculty and other students.&nbsp; Students come and do class projects at the (symposium). They'll take pictures with you. Take pictures of your posters."</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:06:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 22595 at http://wuis.org Students Showcase Their Work At UIS Symposium Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading http://wuis.org/post/common-core-literary-standards-require-close-reading Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Many of the nation's public schools have been implementing new standards for literacy and math that are called the Common Core. Right now, big new standardized tests intended to make sure kids meet these standards are themselves being tested out in many states. In just a minute, one of our reporters takes a practice exam, but first the Common Core literacy standards. They're all about tackling tough reading, making sure kids are able to form ideas about what they read and to support those ideas in writing with evidence. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:10:00 +0000 editor 22611 at http://wuis.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test http://wuis.org/post/education-reporter-puts-himself-standardized-test What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?<p>"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?<p>"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.<p>No, my vote is for "standardized test."<p>That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 editor 22604 at http://wuis.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids http://wuis.org/post/putting-student-data-test-identify-struggling-kids At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students.<p>There are others at the table, too: analysts from the group Talent Development Secondary, which monitors student data; City Year, a nonprofit that provides mentors; and Communities in Schools, which connects kids with health care and social services.<p>It's a lot of cooks in the kitchen, but they're all here to help students who are just starting to show Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 editor 22585 at http://wuis.org Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault http://wuis.org/post/former-senate-rivals-team-combat-campus-sexual-assault After a lengthy clash over competing military sexual assault reform bills, Sens. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Carly Cody 22503 at http://wuis.org Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault 'Deltopia' Spring Break Party Morphs Into Riot In Santa Barbara http://wuis.org/post/deltopia-spring-break-party-morphs-riot-santa-barbara <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDEoTKaaZh4</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22437 at http://wuis.org 'Deltopia' Spring Break Party Morphs Into Riot In Santa Barbara Rape On Campus: Painful Stories Cast Blame On Colleges http://wuis.org/post/students-stories-sexual-assault-puts-schools-blame-too <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday <em>brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>Angie Epifano was a freshman at Amherst College when she says she was raped by another student.<p><em>Weekend Edition</em> reached her this week after a Harvard student <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/3/31/Harvard-sexual-assault/">anonymously detailed her own alleged sexual assault on campus</a> in a piece for the <em>Harvard Crimson</em>.<p>That student writes: "I will be moving out of my House next s Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22413 at http://wuis.org Rape On Campus: Painful Stories Cast Blame On Colleges Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap http://wuis.org/post/student-debt-weighs-down-women-more-blame-wage-gap When Kristine Leighton graduated from a private college five years ago with a degree in hospitality, she owed $75,000 on student loans. Each month, she paid the minimum amount of $450 and lived at home with her parents on Long Island, N.Y.<p>At first, she was working at a hotel for $10 an hour; money was tight. Even after she got a job in Manhattan making $75,000 a year, she still couldn't afford to move out. She funneled her earnings into car payments, credit card bills<strong> </strong>and debt, and a monthly commuter train pass. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Jessica Glazer 22407 at http://wuis.org Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP http://wuis.org/post/common-core-turns-business-leaders-against-oklahoma-gop Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.<p>"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22355 at http://wuis.org Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP Schools Consider New Test Fee Amid Budget Worries http://wuis.org/post/schools-consider-new-test-fee-amid-budget-worries <p>State education officials are considering retaining a<br />traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the students' families.<br />&nbsp;<br />The move is one cost-cutting possibility after Illinois schools have seen close to $1 billion in cuts since 2009. Educators warn of more drastic cuts if<br />lawmakers decide not to extend a temporary income tax hike set to expire at the end of 2014.<br />&nbsp;<br />State board officials estimate it will cost $14 million for all high school Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:50:07 +0000 Associated Press 22326 at http://wuis.org Schools Consider New Test Fee Amid Budget Worries Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play? http://wuis.org/post/should-ncaa-change-its-rules-pay-play In the next few days, the last four teams play for the NCAA men's basketball championship, a hugely profitable event for college sports.<p>Arguments over money and big-time college athletics are more feverish than usual these days. A group of Northwestern University athletes won the first round of a National Labor Relations Board battle to be recognized as university employees and be permitted to unionize. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 NPR Staff 22263 at http://wuis.org Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play? Basketball Prep Schools: A World Of Their Own, And Recruiting Worldwide http://wuis.org/post/basketball-prep-schools-world-their-own-and-recruiting-worldwide Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>With the Final Four happening this weekend, there's a lot of attention on young basketball players and the high schools that produced them. Some of the best athletes emerge from schools that never win state championships because they operate outside of state athletic associations. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 editor 22264 at http://wuis.org For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language http://wuis.org/post/latino-parents-bilingual-classrooms-arent-just-about-language Right now, across the country, parents are in the midst of trying to get their children enrolled in bilingual classrooms for next September.<p>The motivation is usually straightforward. Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages.<p>But for many Latino parents (and others as well) there is something more at play; namely, it can feel like the family language is at stake. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Kelli Korducki 22244 at http://wuis.org For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters http://wuis.org/post/first-test-college-hopefuls-decoding-financial-aid-letters Around the country, millions of parents of prospective college freshmen are puzzling over one big question: How will we pay for college?<p>The first step for many families is reviewing the financial aid award letters they receive from each school. But often those letters can be confusing. Some are filled with acronyms and abbreviations, others lump scholarships and loans together. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:38:00 +0000 editor 22198 at http://wuis.org First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters