Education

NPR Story
11:09 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Teacher Feature: Ethnobotanist Tom Carlson

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IRA FLATOW, HOST:

Joining us now is Flora Lichtman with our Video Pick of the Week. Hi, Flora.

FLORA LICHTMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Ira.

FLATOW: We got something really special this week.

LICHTMAN: It is special. We're turning the spotlight on an underrepresented, under-celebrated, you might say, group: science teachers or anyway. I don't think we're in danger of over-celebrating them.

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It's All Politics
2:23 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Obama Presses Congress On Student Loan Rates

President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress on June 21, 2012, to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. He is going to make that appeal again Friday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 10:25 am

President Obama surrounded himself with college students at the White House on Friday and warned that the cost of student loans is about to go up.

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. Obama has threatened to veto a House-passed bill that would let the cost of student loans go up and down with the market.

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All Tech Considered
3:41 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist

The University of Tennessee became one of 10 state university systems teaming up with Coursera, a for-profit tech company.
Flickr Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:01 pm

From New Mexico to New York, 10 state university systems have announced they are joining the ranks of elite institutions embracing the massive open online course, or MOOC, system.

On Thursday, they unveiled a landmark partnership with Coursera, a for-profit tech company with 3.5 million registered students. It's the biggest effort to catapult degree-granting institutions into the world of global education.

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UWM Today
1:32 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Studying the Impact of Nursing Home Noise Levels on Residents with Dementia

Tom Luljak and Laura Joosse
Credit Jon Strelecki

As our county's population ages, the number of people with dementia continues to rise. On previous editions of UWM Today, we've talked about some of the many challenges facing those who suffer from dementia and those who care for people with the condition.

On today's program, we consider a new aspect of helping those with dementia and Alzheimer's, and it involves something as simple as lowering the level of noise during mealtime in nursing homes.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Delays Vote on Special Needs Vouchers

Aaron and Sandy Krause are proponents of the special needs vouchers. Aaron has autism, and says he’s been able to perform much better in a small, private school than in a public school
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

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The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences
2:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Navajo Schools Lose Funding Due To Sequestration Cuts

An elementary school student enjoys Field Day on a playground. Harold Begay, superintendent of the Tuba City Unified School District in Arizona, says the repairs that are needed to playground equipment, school buildings and buses would no€™t be allowed anywhere else.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:29 am

When Congress enacted the across-the board budget cuts known as the sequester in March, they cut $60 million for American Indian schools across the country.

Since people living on reservations don't pay state property taxes, the schools heavily depend on federal aid. For the Navajo Nation that means larger class sizes, fewer school buses and putting off building repairs.

A Bumpy Ride

Navajo children travel up to 70 miles to get to school. Many of them ride small school buses over roads that look like off-road trails for weekend warriors.

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UWM Today
11:49 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Interview with New Dean of Peck School of the Arts

Tom Luljak and Scott Emmons
Credit Jon Strelecki

Tom Luljak interviews Scott Emmons, newly announced Dean and Professor of Music at UWM's Peck School of the Arts.

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Europe
4:55 am
Sat May 25, 2013

War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English

Demonstrators in Paris protest Thursday against a measure to teach more university courses in English.
Jacques Demarthon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 4:13 pm

Will teaching in English at France's universities undermine the French language? That's up for debate in the country now, and the argument is heated.

The lower house of parliament approved a measure Thursday that would allow courses to be taught in English, something that is currently against the law.

Those in favor of the proposal say it will attract more international students and improve English language skills of French students. But opponents say the move will only impoverish and marginalize the country's tongue.

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Education
12:50 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Milwaukee's Homeschoolers Take Learning Outside the Home

Students explore animals' metamorphoses during the Spring Homeschool Day at Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Credit Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Jennine Pufahl of the Milwaukee Area Home Learners.

What challenges are there to homeschooling children, and what misconceptions do others have about this in-home learning?

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Arts & Life
11:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

HBCU President Asks Dr. Dre, Why Not Us?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Moving on to other news in education, last week hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine announced that they would be giving the University of Southern California $70 million to create a degree that will blend business, marketing, product development, design and liberal arts.

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