Education

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Taking Stock of STEM

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The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are all the rage these days among politicians, business and education leaders who say we need more emphasis on these subjects to compete globally. But others say we’re going overboard on STEM and that society benefits from a broader approach that includes the arts, communication, and critical thinking.

Guests:

Fred Kocher: President of the New Hampshire High Tech Council and founder and president of Kocher and Company, a marketing and communications firm.

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Education
1:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Common Core Comes To New Hampshire

By the 2014-2015 school year, the new Common Core State Standards are set to be in full effect.

  • What are the Common Core standards?
  • Where do they come from?
  • Why the push for new educational standards at all?
  • What arguments are critics making against it?
  • What exactly will change for students & teachers in the classroom?
  • How will the new standardized testing affect school curriculum?

In a week-long series, NHPR education reporter Sam Evans-Brown answers all these questions and more on the Common Core.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

The Common Core: Coming To A School Near You

New Hampshire is among some forty states to adopt this more rigorous set of standards for math and language arts in public schools. But just as this bi-partisan effort becomes reality, the system is facing some backlash from both the right and left. We’ll find out more about Common Core and the challenges it faces getting off the ground.

Guests:

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Upper Valley Educators Institute Prepares Teachers For Their Careers

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Professionals who dream of changing careers and becoming teachers have been doing so with the help of the Upper Valley Educators Institute since 1969.

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Word of Mouth
5:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Middle-School Dress-Code Blues

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Junior high school can be an awkward, unsettling experience for anyone. Especially for teachers; imagine having survived it once, then witnesses cavorting teens finding their way over and over again. Jessica Lahey is an English, Latin, and Writing teacher at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, New Hampshire. She also writes about education and parenting for the New York Times and other publications, and on her blog, Coming of Age in the Middle. Her article, “A Dress-Code Enforcer’s Struggle for the Soul of the Middle-School Girl” was recently published in The Atlantic and she joins us to discuss the worry over dress codes and the chaotic middle years.

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Word of Mouth
11:09 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Homeschoolers Anonymous

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According to the Department of Education, the number of kids being homeschooled nearly doubled between 1999 and 2007. A large a majority of parents who choose this route, say they do it for religious or moral reasons. Now, the first generation to age out of the Christian homeschooling movement that first took root in the 1980’s are speaking out about their experiences. On the website Homeschoolers Anonymous, former homeschoolers blog about traumas suffered upon them by radical homeschooling. Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, wrote about the topic earlier this month.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Checking In On The Dropout Rate

In 2009, Governor Lynch signed a law making it illegal to drop out before the age of eighteen. Last month, state officials touted a report ranking the state among those with the lowest dropout rates. But all is not rosy. There are certain areas where that number is a lot higher, especially in Manchester. We’ll look at what’s working and what’s not for our dropout rate.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Grit, Luck and Money: Preparing Kids for College and Getting Them Through

YES Prep students at an informational session at the University of Oklahoma. YES Prep is a charter school network that serves a low-income population in Houston, Tex. and focuses on getting all of its students accepted into 4-year colleges.
Credit YES Prep Public Schools, via PRX

More people are going to college than ever before, but a lot of them aren't finishing. Low-income students, in particular, struggle to get to graduation. Only 9 percent complete a bachelor's degree by age 24. Why are so many students quitting, and what leads a few to beat the odds and make it through? In this documentary, American RadioWorks correspondent Emily Hanford introduces us to young people trying to break into the middle class, teachers trying to increase their chances and researchers investigating the nature of persistence.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Battling Bullying

Although long an unfortunate part of childhood, many feel it’s become more serious and more complicated, given expanded opportunities through the internet and social media.  But there’s also more scrutiny, tougher policies, and anti-bullying campaigns out in force.  We’ll get the latest from Granite Staters involved in this issue.

Guests:

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Getting Kids Excited About Science On The Seacoast

Myra (right) shows a young visitor the wonders of the Touch Tank.
Cheryl Senter NHPR

At the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye, visitors learn about the science and beauty of marine life and the Gulf of Maine. Myra Sallet is a 13-year-old volunteer who particularly likes working with younger kids who come to explore.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nashua Students Try Composting For Battery Power

In this photo: Meghan Dezurick, Priyanka Satpute, Christopher Jones and Madeline Doctor in the greenhouse/lab at Nashua North. Not pictured: Theresa Inzerillo and Craig Hammond.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A team of Nashua High School students is trying to create a bacteria-powered battery that runs off a composter. The team is one of 16 around the country that received up to 10-thousand-dollars in seed money from the Lemelson-MIT Program.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Adjunct Professors Demonstrate In Manchester

Demonstrators picket outside of Manchester Community College
Credit Andrew Tolland

Community college teachers demonstrated in Manchester this morning to highlight ongoing negotiations between school administrators and adjunct faculty. 

Around 15 teachers and supporters picketed in front of Manchester Community College to call attention to what they say is unfair treatment of part-time teachers by the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The adjuncts’ chief concerns are health insurance, job security, and compensation.

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Word of Mouth
11:05 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The College Admissions Double Standard

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In his first term, President Obama boosted Pell grants and reformed federal financial aid in hopes of increasing college access for low-income students.  Despite these efforts, there is another problem preventing the less privileged from getting an education – a disconnect between poor families, and the arcane bureaucracy surrounding the admissions process.

Sarah Carr is author of the new book Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children.”  An excerpt from that book featured in The Atlantic tells the story of one New Orleans high school’s efforts to bridge the admissions process gap.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New Hampshire’s University System Chancellor Ed Mackay

After more than three decades working in higher public education, New Hampshire University System Chancellor Ed Mckay is stepping down this week. We’re talking to him about challenge during his term, as well as what awaits his successor.

Guest:

  • Ed MacKay - Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. Previously, he served in the office for 30 years - as vice chancellor, treasurer, and in senior capacities in budgeting and financial planning.
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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Hampshire Catholic Schools Look To Boost Future Enrollment

This week is Catholic Schools Week. For students in New Hampshire Catholic schools, that means some unusual classroom activities, from food drives to snowman making festivals.

For faculty, though, it’s a chance to reflect on the state of the school district – and some of the challenges it faces, from enrollment issues to school safety to teaching Catholic positions on social issues that may no longer be held by the majority of Americans.

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