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How to spread the spirit through food conservation–the best kind of giving that we can pay forward not only to our personal communities, but to the global community too.
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What motivates students to learn, work hard, and persevere through life’s toughest challenges? Why is it so difficult for the world’s wealthiest and most powerful country to build good schools in every neighborhood? In Mission High, Mother Jones reporter Kristina Rizga tells intimate stories from the four years she spent immersed in one of the nation’s most diverse public high schools. She follows four teachers and their remarkable students as they struggle against closure, resist pressure to focus on test scores, and create some of the most effective classrooms in the country. The unforgettable stories in these pages offer a hopeful lesson for improving all American schools.
When Mark Zuckerberg announced to a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the downtrodden schools of Newark, New Jersey, then mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie were beside him, vowing to help make Newark “a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation.” But their plans soon ran into the city’s seasoned education players, fierce protectors of their billion-dollar-a-year system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s children.
It’s back to school season! We finally get to Jelani Cobb’s beautiful New Yorker article on the history of a recently shuttered New York City high school. Also, lots of fun listener mail!
School Week – While teachers are necessary for many lessons, there are some skills we can learn alone. We at BTR have taught ourselves how to play the sitar, sew, and stir fry.
Experimental new teaching methods, DIY schools, and more creativity are all becoming staples in an institution badly in need of reform.
School Week – With the rising cost of tuition and lack of market places for creatives, art school seems to be exclusive to elites. Art degrees, essentially, are usually only applicable to those who have a disposable income, or have the energy to work multiple jobs in order to sustain a living.
School Week – Director and producer, Cevin Soling, demonstrates how America’s public school system is more akin to prison in his documentary, ‘The War on Kids’. The film illustrates these points by presenting a side-by-side examination of an average American public school and a minimum security prison for adult offenders in Ohio.
Kambri Crews on her community space in Astoria Queens offering “after-school for grown ups,” This American Life takes on school segregation, and listener mail.
The Supreme Court rules that unreliable drugs can still be used to execute death row inmates, data mining children, returning to CNN’s ISIS dildo story, and listener mail.
Nerd Week – Singularity University is a cutting edge school and think-tank solving the world’s biggest problems. BTR talks with the school’s Aaron Frank about their ongoing endeavors.
Yoga and mindfulness instruction serve as excellent opportunities to educate students on the vitality of leading a healthy lifestyle. By imparting such knowledge on children at school, it’s possible that students will bring the lessons home to their parents, who may, in turn, begin to stock the kitchen with healthier options.
When we think about the typical American “college experience,” we think of large lecture halls, huge parties, and accumulating debt. Meanwhile, the Minerva Project offers alternative options to traditional higher education.
This week on the Daily Beat we are looking at the tenure debate in our education system: Is it unconstitutional or not?
This week on the Daily Beat we are looking at the tenure debate in our education system: Is it unconstitutional or not?
This week we get inspired to teach with Vicky Davis, author and voice behind Cool Cat Teacher!
This week we get inspired to teach with Vicky Davis, author and voice behind Cool Cat Teacher!
Class Week – It was just last November that Latonya Suggs, a 28-year-old mother, pleaded her case in a public hearing about a problem in the American education system. Suggs professed to the Department of Education’s Undersecretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary her issues with Corinthian Colleges Inc.
This week on the Daily Beat we are looking at the tenure debate in our education system: Is it unconstitutional or not?
This week on the Daily Beat we are looking at the tenure debate in our education system: Is it unconstitutional or not?
This week on the Daily Beat we are looking at the tenure debate in our education system: Is it unconstitutional or not?
Global feminization and the inertia to industrial change for true equality.
Unprepared Week – When and how should students begin to prepare for college?
Bill de Blasio unveils a new plan to subject NYC schools to the controversial compstat program, and David Petraeus continues to promote the myth of the surge.
Emanuel Sferios on MDMA the movie, protests in NYC around Cuomo’s education agenda, and listener mail.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
How does the college experience challenge previously help ideologies and is all worth while regardless of the growing debt?
College Week – Dispelling myths and understanding changes in how humans actually learn.
Cuomo’s terrible education agenda, Darren Wilson won’t face charges from DOJ, Sheldon Silver is arrested by the feds on corruption charges, and the new Senate Intelligence Committee chairman wants the torture report back.

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