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The Takeaway

How College Applicants Deal With Rejection

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rejection hurts, but will it define you?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Needs High School?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The historian, activist and author Rebecca Solnit asks if it wouldn't make sense for more students to avoid the sometimes treacherous social maelstrom of high school, like she did.

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The Takeaway

Want a Diploma? Pass the Citizenship Exam First

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arizona has become the first state to require all high school students to pass a citizenship exam in order to graduate. We created a quiz with real questions from the test—take it here. 

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New Tech City

9 Things We Learned About Phones From a Teenager

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hint: High school is pretty much how you remember it, but the mean girls don't have to look you in the eyes anymore.

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Schoolbook

NYC Students Debate 'The Talk' Parents Give Them About Police

Friday, December 05, 2014

A group of Harlem teens discuss "the talk" their parents give them about interacting with police: "You need to be safe, don't worry about your rights, just make sure you're alive."
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Schoolbook

Garner Decision Galvanizes NYC High School Activists

Friday, December 05, 2014

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High school activists are demonstrating, launching Facebook campaigns, and teaching others as the impact of the Eric Garner grand jury decision ripples through their lives.
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The Takeaway

From Addiction to Champion: Lessons From a High School Coach

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coach Martin Jacobson kicked his heroin habit and managed to stay off by playing soccer. It changed his life, he says, and now he's helping young New Yorkers to stay on track in school.

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WNYC News

Hazing Rituals Re-Evaluated Amid Sexual Assault Arrests in Sayreville

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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If allegations prove to be true, the behavior of high school football players at Sayreville War Memorial would likely have been passed down from older students, experts say. 

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WNYC News

Details Emerge in Sayreville Football Harassment Scandal

Thursday, October 09, 2014

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There was an alleged locker room ritual among the Sayreville War Memorial High School football players that involved picking up a freshman player and inserting a finger into his rectum. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

School Dress Codes Are Cracking Down—Especially on Girls

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No tank tops. No mini-skirts. A new dress code at Tottenville High School on Staten Island has inspired a backlash from students, especially girls, who've received 90% of the detentions.

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The Takeaway

Plagiarism: From High School to Congress

Friday, July 25, 2014

The advent of the internet has had a profound impact on the rate of student plagiarism. From high school to graduate school, the impulse to copy-paste a sentence here and a paragraph there has only grown over the last few decades. 

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The Takeaway

The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

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Schoolbook

Determined to Graduate: 'You’re Going to See Me on That Stage'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma. 

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Schoolbook

High School Grad Rates Make Modest Climb in New York

Monday, June 23, 2014

The percentage of New York students who graduated within four years rose but not by much, and state officials said they could do better.

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Schoolbook

Student Journalists Highlight 'Reality' Inside NYC High Schools

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

From tips on how to make school lunch taste better to reports on school safety, students journalists report on life inside the city's high schools. 

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The Takeaway

The Truth About High School Social Hierarchies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A new study from researchers at the University of California at Davis and Penn State shows that high school social hierarchies are much more complicated and nuanced than previously thought.

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Schoolbook

Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Three documentaries that address the challenges facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities won top honors.

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The Takeaway

Is the SAT Still the Right Metric to Test Student Aptitude?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

On Wednesday, College Board President David Coleman announced that SAT is getting re-calibrated. Its vocabulary words will be less arcane and more in alignment with what students encounter in college courses. The 9-year-old essay section will become optional, and will be scored separately.  The math questions will focus now focus on linear equations, functions, ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.  There are other changes, too.  Julia Ryan, writes for and produces The Atlantic's Education Channel.  She's been following the changes to the SAT and weighs in on whether the SAT is still a good metric to test student aptitude. 

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New Jersey News

"This Trenton Life"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"This Trenton Life," a play created by high school students and the Passage Theatre Company, was performed this summer in in a revitalized vacant lot in Trenton. A mini-documentary about the experience now appears on the web site, State of the Arts. Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the collaboration.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Back to School Football

Monday, August 26, 2013

The recent death of a high school football player draws renewed attention to the inherent danger of the sport. William C. RhodenNew York Times sportswriter, columnist and author, talks about risks and how schools and colleges are responding.

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