Monday, July 28, 2014
Bel Kaufman, who died on Friday at 103, became an unofficial spokeswoman for the urban teacher after her book Up the Down Staircase was published in 1965. Hear her humor and insight in this rare audio treat.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Jeannie Fournier, senior director of nutrition education at the Food Bank for New York City, talks about CookShop, the Food Bank's program in NYC public schools that teaches kids about nutrition, where food comes from and how to shop for and cook healthy meals and snacks - on a budget. Listeners, what do you remember from your home economics classes? Do your kids have classes similar to CookShop in their school? Call in at 212-433-WNYC.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In his State of the State Address Tuesday, Governor Christie addressed the G.W. Bridge traffic scandal that has engulfed his inner circle and threatens to undermine his second-term and national ambitions.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Laurel Sturt talks about her life in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx.Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag is a study of the crisis confronting today's educators and an indictment of the system.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Alison Stewart, journalist and former host of The TED Radio Hour and The Bryant Park Project and author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School , discusses the rise and fall of Dunbar -- which includes her parents among its alumni -- and explains how its trajectory reflects the current struggles facing urban public schools.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Drawing on his research into literacy, Corey Mead, an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, and author of War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict, explores the links between the video game industry and the US military and how this plays out in public schools.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Until recently, it was unclear whether the Philadelphia school system would be able to open its doors in September. The superintendent of Philadelphia city schools said he would need $50 million to meet the minimum staff requirements needed to safely operate schools. Education reporter for our partner WHYY in Philadelphia, Kevin McCorry, joins The Takeaway to explain the school's financial crisis and how the city got there.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Twenty-five years ago, Union City public schools were on the brink of state takeover. Today, they have a graduation rate 10 points higher than the national average. David Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, discusses the Union City approach, and why he thinks it's an example for poor-performing urban school systems around the country.
"I could have called this book "Tortoise Beats Hare." It was a slow, methodical turnaround." -- David Kirp on Union City schools— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 27, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brian Lehrer moderated a community forum on school reform issues in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey. On today's show, hear analysis of the conversation from New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and John Mooney of NJ Spotlight.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Today the papal conclave convenes in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next pope. David Gibson of Religious News Service explains the politics behind the scenes. Plus: the city's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot on reinventing NYC's payphones; WNYC's Beth Fertig on the impact of test prep on city high school admissions; the latest sequestration news; and the new novel from Mohsin Hamid.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By Jenny Anderson : author of Spousonomics
Feeling overwhelmed by the search for a school for your young child? An expert in test preparation shares your pain.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Times reports on Wednesday that, of the roughly 15,500 households in the city with school-age children where the total income is at least $150,000 and both parents were born abroad, some 10,500, or 68 percent, use only the public schools. That is about twice the rate of parents who were born in America and are in the same income bracket.