Education

3:39pm

Mon August 25, 2014
NPR Ed

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:53 pm

LA Johnson/ NPR

Students are heading back to campus. And when they finish writing that first paper of the year, a growing number will have to do something their parents never did: run their work through anti-plagiarism software.

One company behind it is called Turnitin. And the database it uses to screen for potential plagiarism is big. Really, really big.

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5:18am

Fri August 22, 2014
NPR Ed

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:25 pm

The design firm Pop Chart Lab has taken the first lines of famous novels and diagrammed those sentences. This one shows the opening of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis.
Pop Chart Lab

When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.

If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools.

And while it was once commonplace, many people today don't even know what it is.

So let's start with the basics.

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5:16am

Thu August 21, 2014
NPR Ed

Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching!

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 7:12 am

On the left, supplies on the back-to-school list for third-graders in Arlington, Texas; on the right, the items fifth-graders need in Palmer, Alaska.
LA Johnson NPR

Millions of families are heading to Target or Wal-Mart this month to make sure their kids have what they need for the first day of school. And, as many parents know, those glue sticks and gym clothes can really add up.

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1:34am

Wed August 20, 2014
NPR Ed

A Tale Of Two Polls

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 9:52 am

LA Johnson/NPR

Two new polls this week attempt to quantify the public's feelings for the Common Core State Standards. The K-12 benchmarks in English and math were little known this time last year. But they've since become the subject of a high-profile political fight. Now a majority of the public opposes them.

Or do they?

Poll No. 1, out today, puts support for the Core at just 33 percent. But Poll No. 2, released yesterday, puts it at 53 percent. That's a big difference.

Which one is wrong? Or can they both, somehow, be right?

PDK/Gallup

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5:00am

Mon August 18, 2014
School Food

Colorado's Farm To School Takes Root, But Challenges Still Abound

Greeley 6 school district's nutrition services director, Jeremy West, shows off one of his 40-gallon kettles used to tranform local produce into healthy food for students.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Inside of the Greeley school district's cavernous food services warehouse, nutrition service director Jeremy West leans over a 40-gallon kettle and turns a crank, showing how it tilts for easier access. The pot, empty now, will soon bubble with marinara sauce or maybe burrito filling – with some of those tomatoes or beans coming from farms less than 20 miles away.

West appreciates those giant pots, but said he wouldn't mind a couple more. Preparing food from scratch takes equipment and space. He's lucky to mostly have the facilities he needs. Many other schools that want to source fresh food from local farmers and ranchers are having a harder time.

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