Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

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Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women.

Morning Edition

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?

Morning Edition

Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired Jan. 29, 2012, on Weekend Edition.)

Saving Lives In South Miami, One Pool At A Time

Swimming pool drowning rates among school-aged black children are more than five times higher than they are among white kids the same age.

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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store?

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

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Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores

The University of Arkansas says charters produce a better return on investment. Let's take a closer look.

Newton Superintendent Fined Over Plagiarism Allegation

July 25, 2014

The superintendent of Newton’s public schools has been docked a week’s pay for failing to credit Gov. Deval Patrick in graduation speeches at the city’s two public high schools.

What’s So Christian About Discrimination, Gordon College?

July 24, 2014
Michael Alexander: "Does Gordon College's president actually believe that an open, honest, non-discriminatory process for hiring employees would injure the common good?" Pictured: Jenks Library, Gordon College.(ethomsen/Flickr)

Does Gordon College’s president actually believe that an open, honest, non-discriminatory process for hiring employees would injure the common good?

Where The Boys Aren’t: The Power Of An All-Girls Education

July 22, 2014
Caroline Erisman: "If male students aren't the ones dominating in the classroom, who are? Girls." (Ric Feld/AP)

If male students aren’t the ones dominating in the classroom, who are? Girls.

UMass To Open New Facility In Downtown Boston

July 20, 2014

University officials say those classes will serve people who work in the city and want to continue their education.

New Head Of Mass. Teachers Association Talks Testing, Teaching, Income Inequality

July 18, 2014
Tracy Taylor, assistant head teacher with Kingsford Community School of London watches a sixth grade math lesson beside student Dema'd McCray, 12, at the Brooke Roslindale Charter School in Boston. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Barbara Madeloni tapped into many teachers’ feelings of frustration about testing when she ran for — and won — the presidency of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

In Colleges' Handling Of Rape Cases, Echoes Of The Catholic Church's Sex Abuse Scandal

July 18, 2014
Rich Barlow: "Universities would do well to remember how badly tarnished the Catholic Church was by its secretive handling of sex abuse allegations." (sea-turtle/Flickr)

Universities would do well to remember how badly tarnished the Catholic Church was by its secretive handling of sex abuse allegations.

Boston Research Finds Kids’ Brains Benefit From Playing Music

July 17, 2014
Kathleen Jara, co-director of the El Sistema program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, directs orchestra students during a rehearsal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.

State Task Force Calls For School Shooting Drills

July 17, 2014

A state task force says every Massachusetts school should practice responding to school shootings and threats.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

July 17, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

Superintendent Accused Of Plagiarizing Quits

July 17, 2014

Brenda Hodges who’s been accused of plagiarizing a high school graduation speech has announced that she’s stepping down

For Our Students’ Sake: A Case Against Summer Break

July 17, 2014
Cody Fenwick: "It’s time to put an end to the two-plus months of academic neglect that we call summer vacation." (woodleywonderworks/flickr)

It’s time to put an end to the two-plus months of academic neglect that we call summer vacation.

Senate Turns Down Charter School Expansion

July 16, 2014

The state Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and several other urban communities.

Remembering James MacGregor Burns

July 16, 2014
Historian James MacGregor Burns at his home in Williamstown, MA. Thursday, August 23, 2007. (AP)

James MacGregor Burns was a Massachusetts man for much of his 95 years. He was born in Melrose and died in Williamstown. His death was announced Tuesday.

A Push For Ethnic Studies In Texas Schools

July 16, 2014
Tony Diaz is a professor at Lone Star College and also an activist with the group Librotraficante. He helped lead a campaign to get the Texas Board of Education to endorse Mexican-American and other ethnic studies courses. (Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media)

Laura Isensee reports Texas state officials are responding to calls for Mexican American studies programs in public schools.

California Teachers Divided On Court’s Tenure Ruling

July 16, 2014
Julia Macias, a plaintiff and Los Angeles Unified School District middle school student, comments on the Vergara v. California lawsuit verdict in Los Angeles on June 10. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Political rhetoric on both sides of the issue risks drowning out the voice of educators, whose take is far more nuanced.

At Summit On Sexual Assault, Administrators Learn Strategies To Stop Serial Rapists

July 16, 2014

Experts told the college administrators gathered this week at Dartmouth College that it’s just a small group of people who are responsible for most attacks.

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