Education

6:28am

Mon June 30, 2014
NPR Ed

Is Latin Making A Comeback In Schools? Caveat Lector

Latin has now been "coming back" in schools for more than half a century.
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Look no further than Hollywood this summer to know that new ideas are often just old ones that have been dragged out of the past and dressed up to look fresh.

It happens in journalism too, and education journalism is no exception. Having covered this stuff for a long time now, I'm regularly coming across old stories that simply refuse to die.

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6:03am

Sat June 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Tackling Sexual Assault On Campus With Comedy

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:26 am

"Clearly universities are not making their campuses safe for women," Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted in a recent segment focusing on rape and sexual assault on campus.
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There's nothing funny about sexual assault. But the absurdity of how some colleges respond to it can make you laugh.

This week, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart became the latest comedian to crack wise about the rape crisis on America's college campuses: Reports are up, yet many schools still fail to adequately address the problem.

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6:03am

Fri June 27, 2014
NPR Ed

Chasing The Elusive 'Quality' In Online Education

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 1:06 pm

You can learn jazz appreciation from a computer. But you'll never learn how to be cool like Miles Davis.
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Jeff Hellmer is an accomplished jazz pianist who has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin for 27 years. He thinks of himself as more than a teacher, though: "What I would like to do with my teaching is be an ambassador for jazz."

This past spring, in what's become an increasingly common move, he brought his ambassadorship to a wider audience. He turned his popular introductory course, Jazz Appreciation, into a free 10-week online course.

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2:03pm

Thu June 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Move Over Books: Libraries Let Patrons Check Out The Internet

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:01 pm

The New York Public Library found that 55 percent of its patrons reported not having broadband access at home.
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Imagine being able to walk into a public library and check out a Wi-Fi hot spot as if it were just another book. Soon, patrons in two major U.S. cities won't have to imagine it.

The public library systems in New York and Chicago won funding from the Knight Foundation to experiment with the idea of hot-spot lending. Both say they hope the move will help them expand Internet access among low-income families.

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2:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
NPR Ed

Giving Boys A Bigger Emotional Toolbox

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:38 pm

Ashanti Branch, an assistant principal at Montera Middle School in Oakland, Calif., leads boys in a "check in" circle at his after-school Ever Forward Club.
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This story is part of the "Men In America" series on All Things Considered.

Is America's dominant "man up" ethos a hypermasculine cultural construct, a tenet rooted in biological gender difference or something in between?

Educator Ashanti Branch doesn't much care or, more accurately, doesn't have time to care.

He's too busy trying to make a difference in boys' lives.

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