Education http://wcbe.org en Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time http://wcbe.org/post/saving-lives-south-miami-one-pool-time It's hot out. The usual midday thunderstorm has just passed, and the few kids hanging out on bleachers around the pool at Miami's Ransom Everglades School finally get the go-ahead to jump in and cool off.<p>Eight-year-old Gary Kendrick and the others are all here for swim lessons.<p>"They told us to hold on to the wall and kick our feet and, like, move our arms," Kendrick says. "When I had to swim to one of the counselors, I was really swimming. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:07:49 +0000 Wilson Sayre 60082 at http://wcbe.org Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen http://wcbe.org/post/aspiring-astronaut-might-be-worlds-most-amazing-teen At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, <a href="http://gideongidori.tumblr.com/">Gidori</a> is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.<p>Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 editor 60020 at http://wcbe.org This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech http://wcbe.org/post/next-silicon-valley-nonprofits-draw-youth-color-tech Twenty-year-old Taneka Armstrong wants to land a high-tech job, but her day starts at Taco Bell.<p>Armstrong stands behind a steel counter, making Burrito Supremes and ringing up customers. She counts pennies and quarters. She also gets orders from her bosses, who she says can be pretty condescending.<p>"They're just like, 'Oh, did you know that already?' Or, 'Can you do this?' " she says. "Yes, I've been doing it, for almost a year now."<p>Armstrong is a native of Oakland, Calif., next door to Silicon Valley, and she lives two lives. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:34:00 +0000 editor 59833 at http://wcbe.org Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://wcbe.org/post/rubio-small-government-can-help-fix-economic-inequality <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/">Sen. Marco Rubio</a>, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, is concerned about issues of access to affordable education, availability of job training and prospects for economic mobility. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 59830 at http://wcbe.org Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better http://wcbe.org/post/teaching-4-year-olds-feel-better You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/HSCares%20Impact_ExecSummary%20MDRC.pdf">large national study </a>just released, it's possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question — not only when asked by a researcher, but in real life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 59429 at http://wcbe.org The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges http://wcbe.org/post/collapse-corinthian-colleges <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/07/16/331700270/students-react-to-the-closure-of-a-giant-for-profit-college">Read our follow-up version.</a> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 59049 at http://wcbe.org Free College For All: Dream, Promise Or Fantasy? http://wcbe.org/post/free-college-all-dream-promise-or-fantasy <em></em> "Free" is a word with a powerful appeal. And right now it's being tossed around a lot, followed by another word: "college."<p>A new nonprofit, <a href="http://www.redeemingamericaspromise.org/">Redeeming America's Promise</a>, announced this week that it will seek federal support to make public colleges tuition-free. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 58034 at http://wcbe.org National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools http://wcbe.org/post/national-data-confirm-cases-restraint-and-seclusion-public-schools The practice of secluding or restraining children when they get agitated has long been a controversial practice in public schools. Now, new data show that it's more common than previously understood, happening at least 267,000 times in a recent school year.<p>NPR worked with reporters from the investigative journalism group ProPublica, who compiled data from the U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 58003 at http://wcbe.org National Data Confirm Cases Of Restraint And Seclusion In Public Schools iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band http://wcbe.org/post/ipads-allow-kids-challenges-play-high-schools-band There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.<p>In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 57544 at http://wcbe.org iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea http://wcbe.org/post/college-free-tulsas-radical-idea The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 57531 at http://wcbe.org College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea Why NYC Is Afraid Of Free Lunch For All http://wcbe.org/post/why-nyc-afraid-free-lunch-all More than 30 million kids a year participate in the National School Lunch Program, getting free or reduced-price meals at school. Hunger experts believe many more qualify but don't use it because a.) their families haven't filled out the necessary paperwork or b.) they don't want to be seen as poor.<p>Well, the federal government is expanding a program that could help schools clear both of those hurdles. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:56:00 +0000 editor 57448 at http://wcbe.org Why NYC Is Afraid Of Free Lunch For All High School Band: There's An App For That http://wcbe.org/post/high-school-band-theres-app Join the Band.<p>Next week we're going to spend a little time with a public school band that rocks, swings, and breaks new musical ground.<p>This isn't your typical high school group. The members make music by combining traditional instruments with iPad tablet computers and apps. Oh, and all the members happen to have serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. On Morning Edition and All Things Considered, we'll introduce you to a music teacher in Queens, New York who uses tech and a passion for teaching to help open doors for kids with severe mental and physical challenges. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:56:30 +0000 Eric Westervelt 57409 at http://wcbe.org High School Band: There's An App For That A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids http://wcbe.org/post/diverse-summerreading-list-kids In children's books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color.<p>Only <a href="http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/choiceintro13.asp">6 percent of children's books </a>published in 2012 featured diverse characters. Last Saturday, the first ever <a href="http://www.thebookcon.com/" target="_blank">BookCon</a> in New York city came under severe scrutiny for featuring all-white speakers (and one Grumpy Cat). Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:55:08 +0000 Aly Seidel 57408 at http://wcbe.org A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids Tough Week For The Common Core http://wcbe.org/post/tough-week-common-core A few months ago, when I told friends and media colleagues that I was interested in the Common Core State Standards, the most common response was "What's that?"<p>Now, it seems, everyone has an opinion about the Core.<p>And right now, opinions about the K-12 learning goals for math and English that have spread nearly nationwide are trending toward the heated.<p>While the school year is winding down, education policy sure isn't. This past week brought a bunch of front-page news on the Common Core.<p>On May 30, South Carolina Gov. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 57393 at http://wcbe.org The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads http://wcbe.org/post/birds-and-bees-and-ipads "The talk." The facts of life. The birds and the bees. Whatever you call it, do you remember when and how you first learned about human sexuality? Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:03:00 +0000 editor 57249 at http://wcbe.org A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast? http://wcbe.org/post/masters-mediafrom-conde-nast Conde Nast, the magazine publishing company known for <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>Wired</em> and <em>Vogue</em>, is getting into the US higher education market.<p>As our public media colleagues at <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/education/conde-nast-gets-education-business">Marketplace</a> reported, the company is partnering with a venture capital firm and some as-yet-unnamed universities to launch a set of co-branded certificate courses, and eventually a master's degree.<p>Why is a media company getting into the higher education business? Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 57248 at http://wcbe.org A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast? As Banks Open In Schools, A Chance For Students To Learn To Save http://wcbe.org/post/banks-open-schools-chance-students-learn-save Wearing a red Union Bank polo shirt, high school senior Jerry Liu politely helps a peer with a bank deposit. With a waiting area and even a decorative plant on the table, this could be any bank branch — but right outside this island of adulthood are the hallways of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles.<p>This is one of three student-run Union Bank branches in California. They're all located in low-income, immigrant-heavy neighborhoods. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:37:00 +0000 editor 57176 at http://wcbe.org As Banks Open In Schools, A Chance For Students To Learn To Save The Common Core Curriculum Void http://wcbe.org/post/common-core-curriculum-void Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/05/27/307755798/the-common-core-faq">Common Core State Standards</a>. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.<p>It's a seismic shift in education meant to better prepare kids for college, career and the global economy. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Cory Turner 57119 at http://wcbe.org The Common Core Curriculum Void Do Autistic Kids Fare Better In Integrated Or Specialized Schools? http://wcbe.org/post/do-autistic-kids-fare-better-integrated-or-specialized-schools The federal law that governs special education lays out the goals pretty clearly: Students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.<p>But some parents of children with autism feel their local public schools aren't meeting their kids' needs. And with autism diagnoses rising, new schools are emerging specifically for autistic children.<p>Some parents see these specialized schools as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions.<p>Carson Ellis' son, Hank, is autistic. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 editor 57107 at http://wcbe.org ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time' http://wcbe.org/post/aclu-sues-california-equal-learning-time The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a <a href="http://www.aclusocal.org/pr-timetolearn/#more-18841">class-action lawsuit</a> claiming that high poverty schools in California are denying students the learning time they need to succeed. The problem is so great and so pervasive, the lawsuit claims, that it violates the state constitution. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:21:35 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 56901 at http://wcbe.org ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'