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Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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All Things Considered

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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All Things Considered

'Like Little Language Vacuum Cleaners,' Kids Suck Up Swear Words

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Linguist and curse-word expert Timothy Jay says by the time children head to school, they have a well-developed palate of bad words.

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Schoolbook

Pre-K: You've Got Questions, She's Got Answers

Friday, April 18, 2014

The head of the city's office of early childhood education took questions from WNYC listeners about the application process for  pre-kindergarten, now that thousands of more seats will be offered this fall.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pre-K Apps: Your Questions Answered

Friday, April 18, 2014

The deadline for pre-kindergarten applications is Wednesday, April 23.

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New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

Friday, April 18, 2014

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.

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Morning Edition

Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future'

Friday, April 18, 2014

Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Fairest of Them All

Friday, April 18, 2014

The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened fifty years ago in Queens. Call in with your memories and reflections on its significance. Plus: a City Council bill calls for municipal ID cards for all New Yorkers; your pre-k application questions answered; women, go with confidence at work; and a look at the labor practices of small family farms.

Manoush Zomorodi is in for Brian today. Manoush is host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City

The Takeaway

Should We Teach Kids To Be Entrepreneurs?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

College students learn how to build their own businesses. But what if the process started with even younger students?

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You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Screen As Babysitter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician and researcher at Boston Medical Center, has been studying how parents use screens with kids, and what all that screen time might mean for young children. Her latest study, published in the journal Pediatrics this week, finds that fussy kids are spending more time in front of screens.

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Morning Edition

Pay It Forward Proposal Could Help Students Afford College

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.

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The Takeaway

Should We Teach Kids Entrepreneurship? | From Wall Street to the Trailer Park | Rosa Parks' Legacy is Trapped in a New York Warehouse

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lethal Clashes Mark Start of Ukraine Peace Talks | Hundreds Remain Lost After South Korea Ferry Crash | Deportations Dropped 43% in Last 5 Years | Rosa Parks' Legacy is Trapped in a New York Warehouse | From Wall Street to the Trailer Park | Should We Teach Children Entrepreneurship?

All Things Considered

RIP FCAT, The Florida Test With A Chorus Of Detractors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, is being replaced by a test aligned to the Common Core State Standards. StateImpact Florida's Sammy Mack remembers FCAT and its controversial run.

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All Things Considered

The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four.

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Morning Edition

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

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Schoolbook

Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

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Ken Burns Tackles Lincoln, Education And Money In 'The Address'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Address follows an intensive program that teaches kids with learning difficulties to recite the Gettysburg Address. And in doing so, it raises some tough questions about resources.

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Schoolbook

How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

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