Education

6:03am

Thu September 25, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 7:39 am

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We've known for a long time that inequality and systemic educational barriers are holding back many young African-Americans. President Obama has led an initiative to help close the opportunity gap for young black men.

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7:18am

Wed September 24, 2014
NPR Ed

Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:53 pm

I and Robot ... a primal encounter at World Maker Faire.
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Huan Zhang is captain of the all-girl robotics team at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. She and her teammate Vanessa Lin are firing up their robot for me. It looks a little bit like a milk crate on the go.

"It's going to take a couple minutes to set it up," Lin says. While we're waiting, Zhang tells me their rookie team made it to regional competition in Pennsylvania with this very robot, which, on cue, starts rolling around picking up plastic blocks with metal arms.

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8:02am

Tue September 23, 2014
NPR Ed

A $15 Million Space Race For Education

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:16 pm

A boy plays with a solar-powered computer tablet on Mount Wenchi, Mirab Shewa zone of the Oromia region of Ethiopia.
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A rural tribe is living peacefully in the Kalahari desert, free of contact with the modern world. One day, a Coke bottle drops from the sky, falling from a passing airplane.

The villagers find many uses for this unfamiliar new technology: a fire starter, a musical instrument, a stamp for printing on cloth. But because of its very uniqueness, they start to fight over it, and one of the villagers decides that to preserve harmony, it's best to return this "gift" to the gods.

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7:14am

Fri September 19, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 3:26 pm

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Suburban school principals aren't exactly known as rabble-rousers. In general, they're a pretty sedate bunch — you know, composed, serious, calm.

But if you want to get them riled up, ask them what they think about the Common Core State Standards and how teachers are evaluated.

That's exactly what I did recently: During a visit to Washington, D.C., I sat down with a group of middle and high school principals — members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals — to hear their frontline views of the Common Core.

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5:47am

Thu September 18, 2014
NPR Ed

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 am

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So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

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