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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Teen Girls Might Be More At Risk for Concussions

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yikes. Cheerleading and other sports girls compete in - such as soccer and lacrosse - see high incidences of concussions and brain injuries.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.

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All Things Considered

As Testing Season Opens In Schools, Some Ask: How Much Is Too Much?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Students, parents and teachers often argue that American students take too many standardized tests — but how many do they really take? A visit to one high school in Rockville, Md., offers an answer.

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First Lady Not First Priority For Graduates

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Host Michel Martin reflects on the recent controversy over first lady Michelle Obama's upcoming speech to high school graduates in Kansas.

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To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Asking preschoolers to be helpers is more effective than asking them to help, a study suggests. The noun-based approach works with adults, too, psychologists say, but don't take it too far.

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Lawmakers, Educators Target Sexual Assault On Campus

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

As the White House presses colleges to fight sexual assault, Senator Claire McCaskill explains her stand on the issue. The University of Kentucky's Rhonda Henry shares what has worked on that campus.

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What Are Education Tests For, Anyway?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tests have existed throughout the history of schooling. Today they're being used more than ever before — but not necessarily as designed.

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Schoolbook

Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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All Things Considered

Small Gains, But Much Left To Fix, In Campus Sexual Assault Cases

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In 2010, NPR's Joe Shapiro led an investigation into sexual assault on college campuses. As the White House releases its own report, Shapiro explains what's changed since 2010 — and what hasn't.

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All Things Considered

White House Report Lays Out Plans For Combating Campus Sexual Assault

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A White House task force issued a report Tuesday aimed at dealing with sexual assault cases at colleges. The report offers basic guidelines for schools and sets up a national reporting system.

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US High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High, Per Report

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The biggest gains in graduation rates have been among Hispanic and African-American students. Tell Me More looks at the numbers, and finds out what is holding some students back.

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Campus Sexual Assaults Are Targeted In New White House Report

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Noting that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House releases new guidelines to help victims of that violence and improve the way schools handle such cases.

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Morning Edition

Student Activists Fight To Stem Sexual Assaults

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A White House task force is issuing new guidelines for colleges, but University of Delaware students have some recommendations of their own.

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Morning Edition

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school that bears his name.

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Steve Jobs' Death Inspired Goal To Get Kids Coding

Monday, April 28, 2014

Many public schools do not offer computer science classes, even though tech workers are in high demand. Now 30 public school districts have partnered with the nonprofit Code.org to get kids coding.

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What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy

Monday, April 28, 2014

States are tracking students as early as preschool. Better data could boost the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching and learning. But it can also be exposed to hackers and marketers.

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Schoolbook

Brother of Lost Autistic Boy Heads to Law School after Tragedy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Last fall, Danny Oquendo was organizing volunteers to search for his autistic half-brother Avonte who had gone missing from school. The boy's tragic death led Danny to change his career. This fall, he's heading to law school to help children with special needs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sports, Sex, Money, Love

Monday, April 28, 2014

William D. Cohan discusses the Duke lacrosse team scandal and how it combined issues of education, race, sexism, and justice. Musician Ziggy Marley talks about writing his first children’s book. We'll find out how financial bookkeeping has determined the fate of entire societies. And Evie Wyld talks about her novel, All The Birds, Singing.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and University Culture

Monday, April 28, 2014

William D. Cohan looks at what the Duke lacrosse team scandal reveals about the pressures faced by America's elite colleges and universities, and he pulls back the curtain on the larger issues of sexual misconduct, underage drinking, and bad-boy behavior prevalent on campuses across the country. The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities is an account of what happens when ambition, intellectual elitism, athletic prowess, aggressive sexual behavior, racial bias, and absolute prosecutorial authority collide and on a university campus, in the justice system, and in the media.

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All Things Considered

Learning With Disabilities: One Effort To Shake Up The Classroom

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The traditional special education model keeps kids with disabilities separate from their peers for much of the day. But a few educators and advocates are pushing for something different.

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