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The Takeaway

The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All eyes were on President Obama at the West Point graduation ceremony Wednesday, drawing attention away from the graduating cadets. But one cadet was still singled out for a big cheer. We look at the West Point tradition of honoring the last-ranked graduate, dubbed “the goat.” 

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Schoolbook

All Metrics on Deck For Pre-K Expansion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As city officials embark on the expansion of full-day pre-kindergarten, they have tossed around the word "quality" quite a lot. A deputy mayor in charge of pre-k explains how the city will deliver on its promise of top-notch programs across the board.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Life of a Spelling Bee Champion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tonight, 281 champion spellers from around the country will gather at a convention center just outside Washington, D.C. for the start of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee. One former champion and current judge explains what it's like to be a Spelling Bee champion.

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When College Isn't Worth It

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Higher education always pays off. Except if you do these three things.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Remembering Maya Angelou, Underwater D-Day Secrets, a Guide to the 2014 World Cup

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Remembering the Legendary Maya Angelou | Why America's Relationship With Pakistan Hangs in the Balance | Here's Your 2014 World Cup Primer | Detroit Gets Hit With New Billion Dollar Problem | Inside the Life of a Spelling Bee Champion | Exploring D-Day’s Underwater Secrets 70 Years On | Alan ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Universal and Infamous

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

With one thousand teachers to hire this summer, NYC deputy mayor for strategic initiatives Richard Buery talks about the roll-out of universal pre-K at a breakfast forum moderated by Brian and Erik Engquist of Crain's New York Business. Plus, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson on his Akashic Books imprint Infamous Books is joined by two Infamous authors to discuss the business of "street lit" and what working with an independent publisher means for the genre.

 

Schoolbook

Offers for Gifted and Talented Programs Increase, Disparities Persist

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A higher number of students received offers for a seat in a gifted and talented program but the total number of students was smaller than last year. Families have until June 6 to grab one of the coveted seats.

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Schoolbook

Student Athletes to Protest Uneven Sports Funding

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A teacher is on a crusade to change high school sports funding in the NYC public schools. He's taking his complaints to the federal civil rights office next in the hopes of getting more money for sports teams at small and neglected schools.

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The Common Core FAQ

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's not just Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert who are confused about the Common Core. Get the facts here.

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The Takeaway

Are Kids Getting Enough Playtime?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The average American school kid gets 27 minutes for recess — and that number is falling. Other countries put a much higher premium on unregulated play. Are they onto something?

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The 3 Questions To Ask In Any Classroom

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What education reporters too often miss.

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Morning Edition

Colorado Law Helps Remedial College Students Be Successful

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Each year, 1.7 million students are told they're not ready for college. States are mobilizing to fix the remedial system. Colorado's efforts to help students are showing promising results.

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Morning Edition

Some 4th Graders Embrace Switch To Common Core Standards

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Common Core State Standards have roiled state legislatures across the country and frustrated some parents. But what do kids think of them? We visit a school in California's Bay Area to find out.

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Schoolbook

Bronx Seniors Bracing for Steep Cost of College

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For a group of honors students at one of the last big high schools in New York City, getting into college wasn't the problem. The struggle is how to pay for it. 

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Schoolbook

City Builds Its Pool of Pre-K Teachers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The city’s Department of Education is having to act quickly on multiple fronts to expand pre-kindergarten programs for this September. One essential they are working to nail down: hiring teachers.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ukraine's New President, Sound, and Recess

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

An Inside Look at the Battle for Ukraine | Are Kids Getting Enough Playtime? | Democrats Push Forward on Immigration Reform | Nigerian Government Located Kidnapped Girls | Apple Takes on The Internet of Home | The Evolution of Sound

All Things Considered

Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

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All Things Considered

Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns

Monday, May 26, 2014

States are centralizing record-keeping and tracking student progress, while online educational software sheds light on how students learn. But many worry about how this information could be misused.

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Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List

Monday, May 26, 2014

U.K. Education Secretary Michael Gove has decided that the English literature list for a national exam needs to be more English, so he is swapping American texts in the curriculum for British ones.

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Your Thoughts On The Most Important Challenge Facing Education

Monday, May 26, 2014

Poverty? Teaching Talent? A lack of purpose? There's no shortage of opinions.

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