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From APM Reports, the Educate podcast (formerly American RadioWorks) is a weekly program about ideas and research in education.

Copyright: Copyright 2016 American Public Media

Racism, stress and learning

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

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

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Talking about race in schools

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Yolanda Moses thinks children as young as four years old should be taught why people look different - and why they are treated differently - in American society.(image)

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Low-income students 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 00:00:00 -0500

Bueller? Bueller? In-class lectures could be ineffective.(image)

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How thousands of kids were denied special ed in Texas

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Strap on your cowboy boots: a new investigation reveals how Texas denied special education services to thousands of kids.(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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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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Spare the Rod: Reforming School Discipline

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -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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Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A system meant to give college-bound 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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Hungry hungry students

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

When was the last time you ate? In one survey, 7 percent of college students said they went an entire day without eating.(image)

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What is restorative justice?

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Students of color are twice as likely to be suspended than white kids. So schools are turning to an alternative called restorative justice.(image)

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A homeless student struggles towards graduation

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

We follow a homeless teen as she fights to graduate from high school.(image)

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The facts and fiction of student debt

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A student debt crisis in America? We break down the myths and realities of student debt.(image)

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Race in suburban schools

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The suburbs are no longer just white picket fences and green manicured lawns. They're diversifying. So what does that mean for suburban schools?(image)

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Going to college in prison

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A prison education advocate shares his experience in prison and talks about his work spreading college to others.(image)

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

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

The South is famous for its bayous, BBQ, and bourbon. It's less well known for its rural education. Our guest tells us why.(image)

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New podcast name

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

We have a new name for our podcast! We'll still dive into new ideas and research on how we learn and how we teach.(image)

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Merging small, rural school districts

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Small, rural schools around the country are closing. Our guest says that could actually be a good thing.(image)

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Fighting for 'our school'

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

What's the role of a school in a rural town? We begin our series on rural schools by looking at a state where the fight has been particularly fierce: Vermont.(image)

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How do we learn better: digital or print?

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Do you understand facts better online or in print? New research has massive implications for teaching in the 21st century.(image)

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Theological schools feel the squeeze

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Theological schools are straining for cash as they suffer from drops in enrollment over the past few years. Our guest tells us how they are dealing with it.(image)

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The 'invisible tax' on teachers of color

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

Our guest says the so-called 'invisible tax' on teachers of color leads to burnout at a time when teachers of color are already leaving the profession more quickly than their white colleagues.(image)

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Should colleges teach men how to be men?

Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Should colleges have men's studies majors or men's resource centers? Our guest this week tells us that male college students would get better grades if they rejected stereotypes of hyper-masculinity.(image)

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'My frain is bried': Shadowing a student for a day

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

"Welcome to our world." Educators take an entire school day to shadow a student and walk in their shoes. We find out how it went for one teacher.(image)

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High school job prep

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Want a job? So does every student ever! Maybe career and technical education classes are the way to go. Shaun Dougherty says you could be more likely to graduate and earn more if you do.(image)

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How tutoring helps students

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates.(image)

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Is advanced math necessary?

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500

In our last episode, Andrew Hacker argued that math courses like algebra are unnecessary for most high schoolers. This week's guest couldn't disagree more.(image)

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Decoding the math myth

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Politicians and economists say people need advanced math skills to be successful in the highly technical jobs of the 21st century. But the author of a new book says that's just not true.(image)

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Writing discipline reform into law

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

We're working on a documentary that explores the backlash against harsh school discipline practices across the country. This week we talk about state laws that seek to push back against the "zero tolerance" policies of the past.(image)

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The science gap starts early

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A new study shows that what a child knows about science in kindergarten can strongly predict how he or she scores on an eighth-grade science test.(image)

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Minnesota's graduation gap

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Minnesota has a reputation for having great public education. But if you're Hispanic, black, Asian-American or Native American, your chances of completing high school are worse in Minnesota than in almost any other state.(image)

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A brief history of school discipline

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

Research shows suspensions aren't effective at changing kids' behavior. And kids of color are more likely to get kicked out than white kids. This week, we examine the history of harsh discipline in school.(image)

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Colleges want smart AND nice

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

The college application process has come under scrutiny in a new report by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It recommends that schools ask students to demonstrate they're making a civic contribution to their local communities, even if that means taking fewer AP courses.(image)

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

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

Nearly two-thirds of all students who enroll in community college are not "college-ready" in math and/or English. This week we hear from a remedial writing teacher who says many of his students have been traumatized by past K-12 educational experiences.(image)

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Making sure learning sticks

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

If you want to really learn something before a big test, put your books down. Research shows that the traditional method of "cramming" for an exam by reading the same thing over and over again, doesn't work.(image)

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When school vouchers are not a leg up

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600

School voucher programs are controversial because they allow students to use public funds to pay for private school. A new paper is one of the first to show a school voucher program actually lowering student test scores.(image)

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Learning financial literacy

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Most teenagers are not learning about personal finance in school, according to an annual survey on financial literacy. Our guest this week says that needs to change.(image)

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Questioning inequalities in higher ed

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

College was once considered the path of upward mobility in this country, and for many people, it still is. But research shows that the higher education system can actually work against poor and minority students, because they often end up at colleges with few resources and low graduation rates.(image)

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Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

This documentary explores the "Expeditionary Learning" approach, traces the history of ideas that led to its inception, and investigates what American schools could learn from its success.(image)

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From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives.(image)

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Teaching Teachers

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job.(image)

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The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.(image)

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Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education.(image)

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The New Face of College

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago.(image)

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Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school.(image)

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The Science of Smart

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better.(image)

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Second-Chance Diploma: Examining the GED

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500

Most test-takers hope the GED will lead to a better job or more education. But critics say the GED encourages some students to drop out of school. And research shows the credential is of little value to most people who get one.(image)

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One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500

Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option. Now, new computer programs can customize education for each child.(image)

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Keyboard College: How Technology is Revolutionizing Higher Education

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500

Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways.(image)

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The Rise of Phoenix: For-Profit Universities Shake Up the Academy

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500

For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players.(image)

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Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation.(image)

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Don't Lecture Me: Rethinking the Way College Students Learn

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500

College students spend a lot of time listening to lectures. But research shows there are better ways to learn. And experts say students need to learn better because the 21st century economy demands more well-educated workers.(image)

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Who Needs an English Major?

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500

The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders, and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education.(image)

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Some College, No Degree: Getting Adults Back to School

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500

In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.(image)

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Testing Teachers

Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers.(image)

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