Eric Westervelt

Eric Westervelt appears in the following:

Campaigns Update: Controversy Ignites Over Trump And The KKK

Sunday, February 28, 2016

In an interview Sunday, Donald Trump would not disavow support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. NPR's Sarah McCammon and Tamara Keith have the latest from the campaigns.

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At The Holy House Of Coltrane, A 'Jerusalem' Of Jazz Faces Eviction

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Saint John Coltrane Church, a San Francisco ministry dedicated to the iconic musician, is confronting charges of unpaid rent. The congregation has been told to leave the premises this week.

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A Bridge To Hollywood Legend: Saying Farewell To The Sixth Street Viaduct

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The bridge starred in so many iconic scenes — in films from Grease to Terminator 2 — it had become an icon unto itself. Due to safety concerns, though, the Sixth Street Viaduct is getting torn down.

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Do Big Cash Denominations Help Organized Crime?

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The European Central Bank is considering abandoning the 500 euro note. Harvard University's Peter Sands explains why the 500 euro note is the currency of choice for organized crime and terrorists.

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China Stares Down Economic Concerns

Saturday, February 27, 2016

At the G-20 summit in Shanghai, Chinese officials are trying to reassure foreign finance ministers that the government can handle the country's turbulent economy.

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Democrats Face Off In South Carolina

Saturday, February 27, 2016

South Carolina Democrats go to the polls Saturday to choose between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the presidential contest. Meanwhile, Donald Trump gains the endorsement of Chris Christie.

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Yet Another Teaching Memoir? A Teacher's Critique

Monday, February 22, 2016

Book publishers love stories about first-year teachers. The narrative arc is familiar: Exuberant idealism fades as the teacher battles entrenched bureaucracy, stale curriculum and disengaged colleagues or kids. The young educator then tries to overcome despair with creative grit and determination and struggles to make a difference.

The ...

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Fact-Check: Bernie Sanders Promises Free College. Will It Work?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A top education analyst says the U.S. probably could get some more people through college by footing the bill, and it would probably pay for itself. But it isn't an open-and-shut case.

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A Symphony's Big Challenge: Lift A Tough School Through Music

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A group of 10- and 11-year-olds giggle as professional cellist Frederic Rosselet flexes his wrist as if he's made of rubber. "Really flexible in your wrist," he tells the students. "It's your arm basically that does the work."

The cello students at Downer Elementary School in San Pablo, Calif., drag ...

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For-Profit Colleges Seeking Veterans' GI Bill Dollars Aren't Always The Best Fit

Friday, January 29, 2016

Recent government sanctions against predatory for-profit colleges that preyed on veterans by using inflated job promises have opened the window on the wider challenges of helping veterans transition from service to higher education.

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against DeVry University claiming the for-profit ...

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A History Of The SAT In 4 Questions

Friday, January 22, 2016

The SAT has gone through big changes since 1926. The test reflects the nation's biases and times. Here's our subjective tour of the exam's history — in four questions.

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Adding 'Beauty And Joy' To Obama's Push For Computer Science Teaching

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fewer than 10 percent of America's high schools offer computer science classes. Educators say just adding courses isn't enough — it will take teachers who inspire.

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'A Bit Of A Montessori 2.0': Khan Academy Opens A Lab School

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

In 2015, Khan Academy, which pioneered free, online video tutorials and lectures that have reached millions of students around the world, sought new ways of reaching new people.

It had already partnered with everyone from NASA to the Museum of Modern Art, and this past year Khan joined forces with ...

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Exploding The Myth Of 'Unengaged' Students

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jordan Shapiro drew a lot of attention this year with his four misconceptions about the future of education. As with much of his work, he tries to take a cattle prod to the conventional education narrative.

In an era of highly polarized ed debates, Shapiro doesn't fit neatly into ...

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How The Heck Do You Pay Off Your College Loans?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Even some of those seeking the nation's highest office have weighed in on college debt with payment plans and relief proposals. Voters and the media ask for details on the campaign trail. And that highlights a remarkable shift: Policymakers and politicians are paying attention to this issue like never before.

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Low Pay, Long Commutes: The Plight Of The Adjunct Professor

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Eric Westervelt of the NPR Ed team is guest-hosting for the next few weeks on Here & Now, the midday news program from NPR and WBUR.

More than half of the professors in the United States are adjuncts. As largely part-time educators, they're excluded from most of the benefits ...

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How Poor And Disadvantaged Students Will Fare Under The New Education Law

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Eric Westervelt of the NPR Ed team is guest-hosting for the next few weeks on Here & Now, the midday news program from NPR and WBUR.

Now that President Obama has signed the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, a big question for many educators is: Will the ...

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Before Minecraft, The Blocks Were Made Of Wood

Thursday, December 03, 2015

For our Tools of the Trade series, we're exploring the iconic, seminal tools that some of us remember using in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, the Bunsen burner and the planetarium.

Today we explore the simple, powerful tool that is still alive ...

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What If Every High School Had A 'Justice Program' Instead Of A Cop?

Friday, October 30, 2015

This week's viral videos of a Columbia, S.C., deputy's push-the-chair-over-and-drag-the-student arrest of a 16-year-old high school girl in her classroom has refocused attention on the expanding role of police in schools, "zero tolerance" discipline policies and the disproportionate punishment of minorities. The student in the case was African-American ...

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National Test Scores Show Declines In Math For The First Time In Decades

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The latest scores on the National Assessment for Educational Progress were released Wednesday, and math scores are down for the first time in more than two decades. Understanding why is no small task.

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