Pennsylvania is no stranger to controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution. When the school district in the town of Dover required creationism be taught alongside evolution, it sparked a national debate. Ultimately, a federal court ruled that intelligent design is religious theory and not a part of science.
Eight years later, a study by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has found faith-based theories are still taught in Pennsylvania public schools and evolution often isn’t taught robustly, if at all.
A group of parents in Darien have filed a complaint against the school district, alleging that their children with learning disabilities have not been getting the services they are supposed to. It’s just one of many examples of parents fighting through a hard-to-navigate system, one where schools say they’re struggling to find the money to pay for learning disabled students.
Today's New York Times features an article about brain-computer interface which is speeding along faster than you might think. Your long wait for the ability to be able to move things -- well, certain things -- with your thoughts is basically over.
How is science serving us? And how do we keep kids interested in the field? Those are the big questions we’re tackling today on the program with a panel of scientists and educators.
Microbiologist Arturo Casadevall says “all the major problems facing humanity are scientific problems” -- problems like climate change, pandemics, meteors. He says we need good scientists to deal with these problems. But how do we train the next generation of scientists?
Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.
About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student.
Conventional career wisdom dictates that kids choose a solid profession where jobs are plentiful and paychecks are large. But certainty doesn't appeal to everyone. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan meets some young people who instead, are following their dreams.
“Dance has the ability to take you places that being, you know an accountant or working a retail job just couldn’t take you.”
The December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to calls for increased police presence in Connecticut schools. Lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a measure concerning school-based arrests.
The bill aims to reduce the number of students arrested at school for low-level, non-violent offenses. Schools would be required to report the number of arrests, and boards of ed would have to have written agreements with local police departments detailing the role of law enforcement in their schools.
CPBN Education is establishing a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford. There is only one other elementary school and only three middle schools in this nationwide program, which includes over 40 schools, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Texas and California.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge:
"To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead."
It's an unusual time to be the president of a state university in Connecticut.
The Malloy administration has been trying to overhaul the system of state colleges and universities, the legislature is trying to reign in spending by the Board of Regents which oversees that system. A tuition increase is going into effect, which has drawn protests from students and even some faculty, who feel that the University of Connecticut is getting preferential treatment to the State Universities and Community colleges.
Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.
But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.
Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts.
So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study that took 3 years and cost $45 million dollars to complete.
What they learned is what most kids already know, students are the best judge of what works.
School “reform” is a loaded term that divides many teachers and parents - and pits many well-intentioned educators against one another.
Dr. Pedro Noguera is a leading national voice on education, education reform and the achievement gap. He’s a professor of education at NYU, author of City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education, and co-founder of an effort called a “Broader, Bolder approach to Education." He’s also a former classroom teacher in Providence and Oakland.
School safety and the evaluation of teachers are on the minds of state lawmakers.
After the Newtown shootings, people across the country - and especially in Connecticut - are asking how we can keep students from harm.
The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention, school security and mental health is taking up the topic and we’ll talk with State Representative Andy Fleischmann who is chair of the education committee.
Connecticut is one of five states getting funds to extend instructional time-- by as much as 300 hours a year-- in seven Connecticut schools in the cities of Meriden, New London, and East Hartford.
But does a longer school day really mean better prepared students?
The National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education says that children in the U.S. already have more instructional time than European countries that outperform us--such as Finland, Japan, and South Korea.
Students in three Connecticut school districts will start having longer school days beginning next year. Governor Dannel Malloy joined U-S Education Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from four other states to announce the initiative in Washington DC. He says Connecticut will use a mix of state and federal funding to help pay for an additional 300 hours of school time next year.
Gateway Community College has created the state’s first Patient Navigator Program. Students are trained to help people get the health care they need.
There’s a growing demand for Patient Navigators, says Vicki Bozzuto, dean of workforce development at Gateway Community College in New Haven. "You might find a Patient Navigator in an emergency room, you might find them in a homeless shelter, you might find them on a street or in a doctor’s office."
When can you call something a “crisis?” Is it when a problem gets worse than ever before? When some aspect of life falls apart completely?
Or, can a crisis be something that lingers for years - maybe even decades - until it poses a threat to the community?
That’s the story of the high school dropout in America. The raw data shows that the percentage of those graduating high school hasn’t really changed for a long time. As it was decades ago, about 25 percent of students drop out - that’s about one million a year.
President Obama has made it part of his regular education speech that the best path to the middle-class is through a college education.
And the numbers bear it out. Getting a college degree brings higher earnings over a lifetime. Today, those with a bachelor’s degree earned 84% more money over a lifetime than those with a high school diploma.
Congressman Joe Courtney has sponsored a bill that could help veterans who are in school or planning to enroll using the Post 9-11 GI bill. The legislation would change how education funding is classified from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.