TED Radio Hour
8:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

How Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Ken Robinson proposes a more creative system of education.
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 11:31 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Source of Creativity

About Ken Robinson's TED Talk

Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures — rather than stifles — creativity.

About Ken Robinson

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8:03 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Take The NPR Ed Visitor Survey

Ah, the good old days.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 1:32 pm

It's been more than four months since we officially launched NPR Ed, and now it's your chance to tell us how we're doing.

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape
7:06 am
Fri October 3, 2014

U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead

A worker cuts slabs of steel at a mill in Cleveland in 2004.
Ron Schwane AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 11:28 am

If it weren't for American manufacturing, I wouldn't be here today.


A century ago, my grandfather moved from Poland to Youngstown, Ohio, to work in a steel mill. At the time, Ohio factories were cranking out steel slabs, tires and cars — building a mountain of wealth that the next generation could climb. And the generation after that.

But what will happen in the 21st century? Is the path that led to higher ground blocked now?

The answer is complicated.

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Around the Nation
6:29 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Michigan Football Apologizes For Letting QB With A Concussion Play

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 7:36 am

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5:05 am
Fri October 3, 2014

After Protests Over History Curriculum, School Board Tries To Compromise

Students line a busy intersection and overpass in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., on Sept. 25, protesting a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:56 pm

Hundreds of Colorado high school students have walked out of class in the past two weeks to protest proposed changes to the Advanced Placement history curriculum.

The firestorm of protest was sparked by a resolution in August from Jefferson County school board member Julie Williams. When she heard that conservatives across the country were upset about the new AP history curriculum, she proposed a committee to review the district's courses.

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8:03 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Orleans Schools Face A Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors

Yashua Cantillano, 14, arrived in New Orleans in June from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He's now enrolled in a charter school, Carver Prep, on the city's east side.
Mallory Falk/WWNO

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 8:17 pm

For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.

But that's not saying much.

Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua's whole family.

"We'd hide all day," Yashua says, "and that kept us from going to school."

After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city's east side.

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Goats and Soda
3:52 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Take A New Test Aimed At The World's English-Language Learners

English-language students in China practice their blackboard skills.
China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 5:50 pm

It's tuff to master English. It's even tough for people born in America, who (or whom?) are often confused by too/to/two many konfusing things.

So you can only imagine how tough it is for non-English speakers trying to learn the tongue.

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1:47 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

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5:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:46 pm

The walls are lined with robots and movie posters for Star Wars and Back to the Future. But this is no 1980s nerd den. It's the technology lab at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and the domain of its ed-tech coordinator, Don Fitz-Roy.

"So we're gonna be talking about digital citizenship today."

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4:14 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Calif. Law Requires 'Affirmative Consent' To Combat Sexual Assault

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:30 pm

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