education

Education & Race
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Does Higher Education Lack Diversity? Western Pres. Says It's A National Problem

Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard.
Credit AP Photo, Western Washington University

Ross Reynolds talks with Western Washington University President Dr. Bruce Shepard about his concerns for the lack of diversity at Western and other schools across the country.

In a recent convocation speech, Shepard sparked a debate over his statement: "If we are as white in 10 years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university."

Teacher Award
1:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

Ecstatic students swarmed Nathan Gibbs-Bowling seconds after he heard Senator Patty Murray announce that he is the 2013–14 Milken Educator Award winner for the state of Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

A high school social studies teacher in Tacoma was caught off guard when he received a national award for his exceptional work in the classroom.

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College Entrance Exams
10:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

SAT Releases Preview Of New Test Questions

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

High school students planning to take the SAT in 2016 can now look up sample questions to the new version of the college admissions test.

The College Board, the company that owns the SAT, announced last month that it was making big changes to the test, which has lost ground to the rival ACT test.

Among the key changes:

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Recreational Marijuana
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users

Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January, some school officials say they’re seeing more students using it. They also say heavy weed smokers generally miss more class and get lower grades.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio looks at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering drug treatment alongside of biology and Spanish.

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Documentary
3:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History'

Greenwood School student, Pasha, reciting the Gettysburg Address in Ken Burns' latest documentary.
Credit PBS/Ken Burns

Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "The Address."

The film captures the story of a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

School Discipline
3:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Reforming Punishment In Washington Public Schools

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Steve Scher talks with Katie Mosehauer, executive director of Washington Appleseed, about proposed changes to school discipline policies in Washington state public schools. The state government passed a law in September that would limit almost all suspensions and expulsions to, at maximum, one year.

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Food Insecurity
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students'

The University District Food Bank has seen more students in recent years. Rising cost of tuition and living expenses have made it hard for students to buy food.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.

Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University were going hungry.

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Education Reform
3:29 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Common Core State Standards Explained

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Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld to talk about the new changes to learning standards in Washington state public schools.

Education Reform
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten?

Marissa Zellers reads a new Common Core-aligned text with her kindergarten students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life.

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Paying For College
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
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Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:38 am

Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth

Professor Jared Diamond speaking at Leuven University, Belgium, 2008.
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Marcie Sillman talks with author and professor Jared Diamond about an adaptation of his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The adaption targets high school students.

Evaluation Reform
12:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

New standardized tests put more emphasis on using evidence to support arguments.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 10:51 am

What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?

"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?

"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.

No, my vote is for "standardized test."

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. They may as well be a legion of eyes staring back at your inadequacy.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State

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Steve Scher talks with Sterling Clifford of Class Size Counts. The group is currently collecting signatures for an initiative that would limit class sizes for kindergarten to third grade to 17 students by 2019.

Then, Steve Scher speaks with Brookings Institution fellow Matthew Chingos about the research behind class size reduction policies.

Education Reform
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Washington Teachers' Union Supports Families Opting Out Of State Testing

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The state’s largest teachers’ union has passed a motion to support parents and students who opt out of statewide standardized tests. The union also promotes opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state test coming next school year to align with the new Common Core State Standards.

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Mathematics
5:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Northwest Students To Test Their Code-Breaking Skills

Stuart Boersma is a professor at Central Washington University. He’s organizing a code-breaking completion for Northwest college and high school students.
Stuart Boersma

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:43 pm

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code breaking skills.

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