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3:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools

Tony Diaz is a professor at Lone Star College and also an activist with the group Librotraficante. He helped lead a campaign to get the Texas Board of Education to endorse Mexican-American and other ethnic studies courses. (Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media)

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.

In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the country’s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. The student strike led to the establishment of the first school of ethnic studies in higher education.

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Higher Ed
7:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus

Students rally against sexual violence at Dickinson College (nycsocialist.org)

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:03 pm

One of the 55 higher education institutions under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases is this week hosting a national summit on the subject.

Administrators, students and experts from across the country are at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for the Summit on Sexual Assault on College Campuses, a conference focused on prevention, education and response.

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Early Childhood
12:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away

A baby sits in a magnetoencephalography brain scanner at the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science while listening to vowel sounds.
Credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

A University of Washington study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words.

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Social And Emotional Skills
5:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:35 pm

You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?

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Civil Rights
2:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Tacoma School District To Apologize For Firing Gay Teacher In 1972

Marcie Sillman talks with former teacher Jim Gaylord, who was fired from Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1972 for being gay. The school district will offer a formal apology this Sunday.

Child Care
2:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws

Patti Oliver Bailey oversees sandbox play on a summer afternoon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys.

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Cognitive Ability
7:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

A study of twins shows why being a good reader and a good math student may go hand in hand.
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:23 am

Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.

In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a graduation requirement.

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Education
7:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid

Could students soon text their way to financial aid?
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:53 am

Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.

One big reason? The form is so complicated that it discourages some people from even trying.

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Legalized Marijuana
3:26 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

State Sends Smoke Signals With Pot PSAs

Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington professor emeritus Roger Roffman about state efforts to put marijuana revenue towards marijuana education.

Childhood Obesity
2:21 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Michelle Obama Lobbies Congress Over School Lunch Program

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:14 am

Transcript

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Gun Violence
8:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Most Likely To Commit Gun Violence? Not The Mentally Ill

Credit Seattle City Council / University of Washington

Treat people hospitalized for gunshot injuries as you would treat addicts.

That’s the counsel of Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics, who headed a University of Washington study that found that patients who had been shot were more likely to be arrested within five years than people with a psychiatric history.

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College Sports
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Are College Athletes Employees Or Students?

Credit Flickr Photo/fivedollarones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Ellen Staurowski, sports management program director at Drexel University. She recently testified at the O'Bannon v. NCAA trial about whether student athletes should be compensated more fairly.

Education
10:15 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Summer Camp Launches For Kids With Autism And ADHD

It’s the season of summer camps, but kids with autism or ADHD are often left out because of behavior issues. But next week, they’ll get have another option, through a joint program between UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Is Latin Making A Comeback In Schools? Caveat Lector

Latin has now been "coming back" in schools for more than half a century.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:28 am

Look no further than Hollywood this summer to know that new ideas are often just old ones that have been dragged out of the past and dressed up to look fresh.

It happens in journalism too, and education journalism is no exception. Having covered this stuff for a long time now, I'm regularly coming across old stories that simply refuse to die.

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Protest March
4:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Teachers Protest Gates Foundation-Backed Education Reforms

Teachers rally outside the Gates Foundation to demand changes to the organization's education strategies
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

A coalition of teachers and their supporters marched through downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon to the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The local branch of a national organization that calls itself the Badass Teachers Association was protesting the education reform efforts the Gates Foundation has generously funded, from charter schools to the new Common Core State Standards.

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