Brain Fodder Vol. 3

Monday, October 15, 2012

On the brains of Radiolabbers this week: pillow lava, pale ale, and an intense soundtrack.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: "Movies on the Radio LIVE!" Edition

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner host a live event with WQXR's David Garland to discuss music in film and are joined by prolific film composer Howard Shore.



Are More City Students Reading at the Bottom Level?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For years, New York City students were making steady progress on their state exams. It wasn’t just that more kids were passing. The percentage scoring at the lowest level on their reading tests fell from 17 percent, when Mayor Bloomberg took office, to just 3 percent in 2009. But when the state decided its tests were too easy and changed the scoring system, the percentage of kids at the bottom quintupled – to about one out of every six elementary and middle schoolers.

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Education Groups Want Less Testing, More Learning

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A coalition called Save Our Schools is urging the city to stop relying so heavily on standardized tests. The group of elected officials and education groups says the sudden decline in scores this year, after the state made its tests harder to pass, shows how unreliable exams can be when measuring schools and principals.

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