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Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn. From APM Reports.

Copyright: Copyright 2018 American Public Media

Overwhelmed by student debt, many low-income students drop out

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Almost a third of Americans who take out loans to pay for college don't get a degree.(image)

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Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:11:07 -0600

It's one of the best defenses against recidivism, but investment is lacking.(image)

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High school football makes a comeback in New Orleans

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Charter schools cut football to win minds. Now to win hearts, they're bringing it back.(image)

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Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

There are proven ways to help people with dyslexia learn to read, and a federal law that's supposed to ensure schools provide kids with help. But across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place.

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Shadow Class: College Dreamers in Trump's America

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Trump is ending DACA, which allowed some 800,000 undocumented young people to stay and work in the United States. For some, that may mean the end of a dream of going to college. This program profiles DACA students and their opponents and examines a key court case and political forces that led to this moment.

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Shackled Legacy: Universities and the Slave Trade

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Profits from slavery and related industries helped build some of the most prestigious schools in New England. This documentary focuses on three universities -- Harvard, Georgetown and the University of Virginia -- as they grapple with a deeply troubling chapter in their vaunted histories.

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Keeping Teachers

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers.

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Nearly 1 in 5 female college students are single moms

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Struggling to juggle school, work and child care, most of them won't make it to graduation.(image)

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History of civil rights movement gets short shrift in Mississippi classrooms

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0600

Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed.(image)

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Rural students are the least likely to go to college

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

They're being ignored as the nation tries to ramp up degree completion.(image)

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Yoga and dogs bring calm to school for troubled kids

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0600

The doors are locked at this special ed school in Minneapolis so no one runs away. It's a surprising place to find kids doing breathing exercises.(image)

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Mr. Rodriguez is undocumented and unafraid

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Teachers with DACA serving low-income, immigrant communities could be tough to replace.(image)

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Resegregation in Alabama

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:25:46 -0500

When predominantly white cities secede from larger districts, it has a segregating effect.(image)

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How alumni revived a dying college

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:56:16 -0500

As small private colleges struggle to survive, we look at one that almost didn't make it.(image)

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'The oldest not-18-year-old'

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:40:01 -0500

A descendant of slaves sold to save Georgetown University in 1838 will be a member of this year's freshman class — at age 63.(image)

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Segregation's Back

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:22:54 -0500

People who lived through the desegregation era see their former schools fall back into segregation.(image)

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What children in food deserts do during the summer

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:56:01 -0500

There are millions of kids in America who the USDA considers "food insecure" -- they live in households without regular access to nutritious food. For them, school feeding programs are essential.(image)

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When a diploma means more than just 'seat time'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:06:00 -0500

A state law says Maine high school students have to prove they have mastered specific skills to get a diploma.(image)

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Protecting the legacy of HBCUs

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently called HBCUs "real pioneers of school choice." We thought this would be a good time to revisit our documentary, "The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century."

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College is a leap of faith - and funds - for first-generation students

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:29:32 -0500

At a public charter school in Boston, students spend years preparing to go to college. But paying for it is another story.(image)

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'All they wanted to do was get an education'

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:48:53 -0500

Thirty-five years ago, four immigrant families won a landmark Supreme Court case that protects the rights of children in the United States to attend public schools, whether they have papers or not.(image)

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Making room for poor kids at rich schools

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:46:15 -0500

A new study shows selective colleges could bring in many more talented low-income students. So why don't they?(image)

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A public school that's just for immigrants

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:27:44 -0500

English learners are the least likely to graduate from high school when compared to other groups of students. There's a new high school in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that's trying to help new immigrant students beat the odds.(image)

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Is free college free?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

New York's new scholarship promises free college, for a price.(image)

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Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A system meant to give college students a better shot at succeeding is actually getting in the way of many, costing them time and money and taking a particular toll on students of color.(image)

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Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0500

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.(image)

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What it Takes: Chasing Graduation at High-Poverty High Schools

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge. Schools in Miami and Pasadena are trying to do things differently.(image)

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Rewriting the Sentence: College Behind Bars

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners.(image)

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Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A mother and her dyslexic daughter tell their story. It's a preview of an upcoming documentary from APM Reports.(image)

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Immigration enforcement has DACA students on edge

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Collision over college dreams for undocumented students.(image)

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Improving the odds for young black men

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Can the excitement about My Brother's Keeper last now that Obama's out of office?(image)

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Reforming School Discipline

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:27:01 -0600

If suspensions don't work, what does?(image)

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The great equalizer

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:44:30 -0600

Are we asking too much of America's high-poverty schools?(image)

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'Dick and Jane were not my friends'

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:33:23 -0600

There are proven techniques to help children with learning disabilities, but can affected kids get what they need in public schools?(image)

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The View From Room 205

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

One reporter chronicles a neighborhood school in need of the American dream.(image)

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Chinese students ponder Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:09:16 -0600

How much will anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuade foreigners from studying in the United States?(image)

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What Betsy DeVos might bring to the Department of Education

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:57:17 -0600

The nominee for secretary of education has a long history of funding school-choice efforts and charter schools in Michigan.(image)

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High achievers left behind

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

In a system that prioritizes struggling students, what happens to everybody else?(image)

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Detroit students sue for better school conditions

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:25:32 -0600

The suit claims Michigan is denying Detroit students their fundamental right to literacy.(image)

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School confronts trauma in students' lives

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:06:19 -0600

Adversity isn't destiny at a "trauma-informed" school in Minnesota.(image)

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Offering sanctuary to vulnerable students

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:23:01 -0600

An immigration law scholar says colleges have no business declaring their campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students.(image)

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Keeping black teachers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Why African American teachers are leaving the profession faster than they're entering it.(image)

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Fear, uncertainty for undocumented students under Trump administration

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:01:49 -0600

Since 2012, many undocumented young people have been protected from the threat of deportation. With a new president, that may change.(image)

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College-educated and out-of-touch

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:12:49 -0600

Donald Trump's win was a surprise to many in the college-educated elite. Should it have been?(image)

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Election leaves undocumented students in limbo

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:10:00 -0500

The next president could end temporary protections for undocumented college students.(image)

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Clinton and Trump don't talk much about education

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:03:05 -0500

Education has hardly been mentioned in the presidential debates. We look at where the candidates stand.(image)

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The stress of racism may impact learning

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:18:25 -0500

A new study finds that black and Latino students who experience racism have higher levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, and one that is known to impact focus and learning.(image)

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Talking about race in schools

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:57:17 -0500

Can children as young as 4 learn to have meaningful dialogues about race?(image)

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Schools give low-income students a chance to travel abroad

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Some in education think providing travel opportunities can reduce the gap in how well some groups of students perform in school.(image)

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What a flipped classroom looks like

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:32:51 -0500

In a flipped classroom, students watch or listen to lectures on their own, then spend class time working on projects.(image)

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How thousands of kids were denied special education in Texas

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:03:16 -0500

Strap on your cowboy boots: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that Texas has denied special education services to thousands of kids in the state.(image)

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Hungry hungry students

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:22:48 -0500

With the Hollywood depictions of frat bros chugging beer and hippies snacking on munchies, the starving college student might seem like a […](image)

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What is restorative justice?

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:56:37 -0500

In the United States, three million kids are suspended from school every year. Yet research shows suspension is often ineffective: it doesn’t […](image)

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A homeless student struggles towards graduation

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:39:26 -0500

This week, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidelines to states and school districts for supporting homeless children. Over one […](image)

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The facts and fictions of student debt

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:33:54 -0500

Stories all over the news have identified a new crisis in the United States: student debt. They say debt is […](image)

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Race in suburban schools

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:29:43 -0500

Picture the suburbs. Before Arcade Fire, there was Leave It to Beaver, the white picket fence, perfectly manicured lawns. You’re […](image)

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Going to college in prison

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:24:11 -0500

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to reinstate federal scholarships for incarcerated prisoners. Through 67 different colleges and universities, […](image)

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Few teachers, little money, low test scores: Rural schools in the South

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:55:02 -0500

Rural schools in the United States face an abundance of problems: budget cuts, shrinking enrollments, teacher shortages, poor internet. Nowhere […](image)

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Merging small, rural school districts

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:27:54 -0500

Last week we started a series on rural schools by looking at Vermont – a state where more than half of public […](image)

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Fighting for ‘our school’

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:35 -0500

School in Smalltown, USA is changing. Over the past several decades, rural schools have suffered as enrollment has dropped and […](image)

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How do we learn better: digital or print?

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:16:43 -0500

Nowadays, parents are always complaining that their kids are always on their cell phones. “No Snapchat at the dinner table!” they […](image)

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Theological schools feel the squeeze

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:15:31 -0500

Roughly 7 in 10 Americans still identify as part of the Christian faith. But the numbers have been declining over the past […](image)

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The ‘invisible tax’ on teachers of color

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:32:00 -0500

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, US Secretary of Education John King made the case that teachers of color suffer from […](image)

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Should colleges teach men how to be men?

Thu, 05 May 2016 12:16:12 -0500

Today, women are more likely to go to college than men. And they perform better academically once they get there. […](image)

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‘My frain is bried’: shadowing a student

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:36:14 -0500

Recently, more than 1400 educators from all 50 states and 30 different countries took the Shadow a Student Challenge. They […](image)

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High school job prep

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:34:45 -0500

Typically, a student’s education is supposed like this: elementary, middle, high school. College. Job. The idea that high school can […](image)

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How tutoring helps students

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:42:34 -0500

Private tutoring for students can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars per year. But economist Jonathan Guryan co-authored a study that found tutoring […](image)

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Is advanced math necessary?

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:00:24 -0500

Before you devour this week’s episode, listen to last week’s American RadioWorks podcast “Decoding the Math Myth.” Really do it. […](image)

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Featured doc: An Imperfect Revolution

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 21:40:20 -0500

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era (Sept. 2007) by Kate Ellis and Catherine Winter. Nearly everyone who experienced […](image)

Decoding the math myth

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:07:04 -0500

Politicians and economists say people need advanced math skills to be successful in the highly technical jobs of the 21st century. […](image)

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Writing discipline reform into law

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:00:13 -0500

We’re working on a documentary that explores the backlash against harsh school discipline policies across the country. In Minnesota, there’s […](image)

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The science gap starts early

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:23:32 -0500

Before their very first day of kindergarten, white and affluent children already know more about science than children of other […](image)

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Minnesota’s graduation gap

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:02:48 -0600

Minnesota has a reputation for having good schools and strong standardized test scores. And that’s true for white children – […](image)

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A brief history of school discipline

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:00:35 -0600

Research shows suspensions aren’t effective at changing kids’ behavior. And kids of color are more likely to get kicked out […](image)

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Colleges want smart AND nice

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:00:08 -0600

The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The […](image)

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What students in remedial english can teach us about K-12 education

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:52:33 -0600

Nearly two-thirds of all students who enroll in community college are not “college-ready” in math and/or English. And of these, […](image)

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Making sure learning sticks

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:38:29 -0600

Here’s some good news for students out there: if you want to memorize something, put your books down. Research shows […](image)

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When school vouchers are not a leg up

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:00:51 -0600

School voucher programs allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. This concept is very controversial. Supporters […](image)

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Learning financial literacy

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:12:27 -0600

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Only five […](image)

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Questioning inequalities in higher ed

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:00:16 -0600

College was once considered the path of upward mobility in this country. And, for many people, it still is. But […](image)

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Featured Documentary: King’s Last March

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:53:34 -0600

King’s Last March by Kate Ellis and Stephen Smith Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. More […](image)

Learning as a science

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:24:06 -0600

What does research say about how students learn best? Deans for Impact, a group of deans from schools of education around […](image)

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Where are the student voices in ed reform?

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 08:00:58 -0600

A growing coalition of young people claims that student voices are largely missing from discussions of education reform. Andrew Brennen […](image)

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Most likely to succeed

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:00:01 -0600

In most modern work places employees are expected to be self-directed and also work collaboratively. But do conventional public schools do […](image)

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Siblings and the education gender gap

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:26:50 -0600

Girls in the United States graduate from high school at higher rates than boys. This gap is much more pronounced […](image)

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Where budding chefs learn philosophy, too

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:39:49 -0600

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure from taxpayers to prove that graduates will be able to get jobs. According to […](image)

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Letting kids fail

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:06:04 -0600

A few years ago, writer Jessica Lahey started noticing something troubling about many of her students: they were afraid of making mistakes […](image)

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Inside school discipline in mississippi

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:33:55 -0600

Policymakers and community leaders have started to question traditional forms of school discipline like detention, suspension and expulsion because research shows that […](image)

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Building bridges between the Western and Arab worlds

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:00:49 -0600

After terrorist violence like the recent attacks on Paris by the group calling itself ISIS, some chose to blame an entire […](image)

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Inside Oyler: a conversation with Amy Scott

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:00:29 -0600

Amy Scott first visited Oyler School in 2012 as the education correspondent for Marketplace. Oyler was a neighborhood school in Cincinnati, […](image)

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Learning to breathe

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:50:58 -0500

Schools in Rockland County, N.Y. first started daily mindfulness lessons several years ago. Teachers noticed it was a way to […](image)

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Is the growth mindset craze overblown?

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:00:34 -0500

Last week on the podcast, we ran a story about “growth mindset,” a popular term in education that came from […](image)

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Helping students adopt a ‘growth mindset’

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:35:17 -0500

“Growth mindset” is a term coined by Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck. It means that students who view intelligence as pliable – […](image)

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The rising cost of extracurriculars

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:48:04 -0500

It can be pricey to have kids involved in sports or other after-school activities. A recent report from American Express claims […](image)

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Wikipedia’s bum rap

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:25:32 -0500

Wikipedia has gotten a lot of flak over the years for being inaccurate and untrustworthy. But in 2010, Wikimedia, the […](image)

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A visit from the Church Lady

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:00:37 -0500

Back in the 1960s, the Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional for public schools to sponsor organized prayer and bible […](image)

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Our Newest Education Documentaries

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:36:25 -0500

This fall American RadioWorks released four hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education. Visit the links below to listen […](image)

Recent Documentaries

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:36:25 -0500

This fall American RadioWorks released four hour-long radio documentaries focused on K-12 and higher education. Visit the links below to listen […](image)

Teaching black lives matter

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 00:00:42 -0500

In November, a new social studies book about the Black Lives Matter movement will be available for middle school and […](image)

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