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'Visibly Pregnant' Girls Are Banned From School In Sierra Leone

Monday, April 06, 2015

The theory is that they could influence "innocent girls," says the minister of education. That's a belief that's held around the globe. Researchers have another idea.

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All Things Considered

'Rolling Stone' Rape Story Report Details 'Systemic Failing' By Magazine

Monday, April 06, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia University Journalism School, about its investigation into the Rolling Stone article, "A Rape on Campus."

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Schoolbook

NYC Families Get Word of Eligibility for Gifted Classes

Monday, April 06, 2015

Education officials on Monday sent out emails and letters to parents telling them whether their child qualified for a gifted and talented class. 
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In New Orleans, The Scramble For The Right Fit

Monday, April 06, 2015

At the annual Schools Expo in February, families tried to match their needs with the best schools under the city's choice system. This month, they'll find out where they've been assigned.

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The Takeaway

Take Note: Use A Pen and Power Down The Laptop

Monday, April 06, 2015

New research indicates that students who take notes with laptops, rather than by hand, remember less and are more distracted.

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Schoolbook

In the Name of Fairness, Special Needs Students Struggle Through Testing

Monday, April 06, 2015

Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.
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Without Janitors, Students Are In Charge Of Keeping School Shipshape

Saturday, April 04, 2015

In Japan, many schools don't employ janitors. Instead, they ask the students to pitch in with the daily upkeep. Some U.S. schools are doing the same.

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Proposals To Diversify NYC's Top High Schools Would Do Little To Help, Study Finds

Friday, April 03, 2015

One of New York City's thorniest political issues is over how to make its elite high schools more representative. A new study says that many popular proposals won't help diversity — and might hurt it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fareed Zakaria Defends the Liberal Arts

Friday, April 03, 2015

President Obama poked fun at art history majors recently, but wistful nostalgia aside, CNN's Fareed Zakaria says young critical thinkers are still needed in a tech-based economy.

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The Value Of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers And Nails

Friday, April 03, 2015

A new short documentary on an adventure playground in Wales explores "the nature of play, risk and hazard."

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WNYC News

Where New York City Kids Are Not Getting Vaccinated

Friday, April 03, 2015

WNYC is the first to obtain access to vaccination rates in the largest public school system in the U.S. And now, you can look them up.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fareed Zakaria; Funny Seders; Republicans Divided

Friday, April 03, 2015

Fareed Zakaria defends liberal arts education; two wings of the Republican party at odds; NYC Council member Vincent Gentile; a "safer" tobacco product & some (fun) Passover Seder tips.

Schoolbook

Opting Out of State Tests is Cause For Concern For Some School Leaders

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A boycott of state tests for New York's schoolchildren could have far-reaching consequences, and that worries the head of school board members.
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All Things Considered

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A new study in the journal Science explores the power of surprise to motivate infant learning.

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Chartered Waters: A Live Event From NPR Presents And WWNO

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Live Event From NPR Presents And WWNO Examines New Orleans School System

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The Takeaway

Al Shabab Terror Group Targets Students in Kenya

Thursday, April 02, 2015

At least a dozen were killed at Garissa University College. Al Shabab is the same group that killed 67 people at the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, back in 2013.

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Morning Edition

11 Ex-Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

Thursday, April 02, 2015

They were found guilty of conspiracy when they switched student test scores. The verdicts close a dark chapter for the school system and the city of Atlanta. One defendant, a teacher, was acquitted.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Historic Drought, Deceptive Lobbying, and Legalized Discrimination

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Takeaway explores California's water ciris, how lobbyists are steering the debate on the national Highway Funding Bill, and we connect the dots between the Supreme Court and Indiana.

All Things Considered

Verdict Reached In Atlanta School Cheating Case

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Eleven of 12 former public school employees in Atlanta were found guilty Wednesday in one of the biggest cheating scandals in American education.

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Schoolbook

Cuomo: Budget Was Victory Over 'Formidable' Opposition

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
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