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12:24 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

A rooftop view of East Baltimore, 1979.
Elinor Cahn Courtesy of Elinor Cahn Photographs, The Photography Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 3:21 pm

Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success.

"Play by the rules, work hard, apply yourself and do well in school, and that will open doors for you," is how Karl Alexander, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, puts it.

But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family.

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Playtime
1:04 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 4:29 pm

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

More and more research suggests that healthy playtime leads to healthy adulthood.

Childhood play is essential for brain development. As we've reported this week, time on the playground may be more important than time in the classroom.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

From The Past To The Present In Our Communties

RadioActive Youth Producers Nia Price-Nascimento (L) and Ahlaam Ibraahim after recording this podcast.
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

What are the amazing stories in our community that get looked over? Nia Price-Nascimento learns about West Coast jazz by starting in her sub-basement, and Ahlaam Ibraahim shares how computer science has a huge affect on one girl's life.  

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Academic Success
12:43 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:40 pm

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

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Race
9:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Why Drowning Is A 'Cultural Condition'

Alvin Barnes, a swim teacher at Helene Madison Pool in North Seattle. The question children ask the most when they see him: "Can you swim?" (His answer: "No, but I read a book.")
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Public health researchers have struggled with a leading cause of death in young children: drowning.

Black children face the highest risk – even when they're supervised. The most recent data for Washington state shows black children have more than 3.5 times the drowning risk of children of any other race.

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No Time For Play
12:42 am
Tue August 5, 2014

When Kids Start Playing To Win

Peri Schiavone, 13, gets some quick notes from her swim coach, Raj Verma, before hopping back into the pool at the Fairfax County YMCA in Reston, Va.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 7:47 am

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

It's a playful word that's developed something of a bad reputation: "competition." The fear among some parents is that, once children start playing to win, at around 5 years old, losing isn't just hard. It's devastating.

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No Time For Play
12:51 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Brains At Play

Play is crucial to social development.
Xaver Xylophon NPR

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:15 am

This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

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Education
3:52 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:11 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:

I'm joined now by my colleague on the NPR Ed Team, Cory Turner. He's done most of our Common Core reporting, and he edited this postcard series. Cory, thanks for coming in.

CORY TURNER, BYLINE: Thanks for having me, Eric.

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I Love Legos But ...
9:26 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Lego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

A product image shows the new Research Institute playset from Lego, which features women in roles as three scientists. In January, the company was criticized by a girl who said all its female characters were "boring."
Lego

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:10 am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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Higher Ed
12:55 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Common App Advice From A College Counselor

Debra Chermonte, dean of admissions at Oberlin College, goes through applications at the college in Oberlin, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2010. (Gary Cohen/Oberlin College via AP)

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:24 pm

Today, high school seniors can begin to apply to colleges online through the Common Application. This resource allows students to apply to many colleges at the same time, and in some cases even use the same essay.

But the Common App had major glitches last year and a majority of colleges were unable to download application information. This year, there is new software and hope that the problems are resolved.

The Common App is considered a tool for students, but both parents and applicants have lots of question about the best way to use it.

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Pre-K
9:22 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Child Care Initiative Backers Sue Seattle Over Ballot

Flickr Photo/Barnaby Wasson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The backers of an initiative to increase pay and training for child care workers in Seattle have filed suit against the city for the way the measure will appear on the fall ballot.

KUOW’s Ann Dornfeld reports.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Getting The Look: Northwest Student Athletes Vie For Scholarships

Chris Grant runs track for Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood and ran in the 2014 Junior Olympics.
Courtesy of Chris Grant

Getting recognized by any college is a high school athlete's dream. Today, Ahlaam Ibraahim and Angela Nguyen talk to Northwest athletes regarding their goals, experiences, and words of wisdom about how to get exposure -- and how to fulfill the dream of a Division I college scholarship.

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Education
7:12 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Northwest States Vary On 'No Child Left Behind' Waivers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:44 pm

Oregon is waiting to hear whether its application for a continued federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind law will be approved.

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Swim Lessons
2:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Gary Kendrick, 8, works on his freestyle stroke with help from a counselor at Ransom Everglades School. Kendrick did not know how to swim before he started lessons at the school.
Wilson Sayre WLRN

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:52 am

It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.

Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.

"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. I ain't even know I was moving."

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Tale Of Two High Schools

Hosts Esa Tilija and Ahlaam Ibrahim after recording this podcast. Esa goes to University Prep and Ahlaam goes to Rainier Beach High School
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Is high school truly filled with stereotypes? Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija investigate the stereotypes of their schools: Rainier Beach High School, a public school in south Seattle, and University Prep, a private school in north Seattle.

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