Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:47 pm
Flushing International High School is like a teenage version of the United Nations. Walk down the hallway and you can meet students from Colombia, China, Ecuador, Bangladesh and South Korea.
"Our students come from about 40 different countries, speak 20 different languages," says Lara Evangelista, the school's principal.
With schools around the country scrambling to educate the more than 57,000 unaccompanied child migrants who've crossed the border this year, I came to see what lessons International Schools like this one can offer.
Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:32 pm
Trying to figure out why Philadelphia's public schools have been teetering on insolvency the past few years is no easy task.
But let's start with some basic facts. The district, the eighth largest in the nation, is entirely dependent on three sources of money: Almost half of its $2.8 billion budget comes from the city. A little over a third comes from the state. Most of the rest comes from the federal government.
If you walk past Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter robe, ride the elevator up four floors, above the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a family of four visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio, you'll find yourself in a long hallway that vaguely resembles a hospital walkway.
The fourth floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is an assortment of offices and storage rooms.
Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs ushers me through a heavy brown door. She's the curator for the museum's education collection, and this is one of those days that people like her relish.
Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 2:25 pm
A jury has rejected a defense argument that beatings of Florida A&M University band members were a band tradition. The panel found a former member of marching band guilty of felony hazing and manslaughter in one such beating.
Dante Martin is now looking at a possible sentence of up to 22 years in prison for his role in the death of Robert Champion. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
Called "The Example" by band colleagues, Champion was an accomplished clarinetist, drum major and leader of the "Marching 100."
Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 1:46 pm
Anne Sullivan was a great teacher. Famously, she was the "Miracle Worker," who taught a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller to understand sign language and, eventually, to read and write.
Socrates ... now there was a great teacher. More than 2,000 years after he gave his last pop quiz, we still know him for the teaching style named after him, the Socratic method. And through the writings of his most famous pupil, Plato.
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 12:42 pm
This time last year, students in Los Angeles were squealing with delight as boxes of new iPads rolled into their schools. It was the first phase of what was touted as the largest technology expansion in the country.
The program has run into a host of problems since then, leading to this month's resignation of its biggest advocate, Superintendent John Deasy.
Which leaves the question: Does this mark the end of the effort?
Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 1:45 pm
Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.
We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens.
But Socrates' ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. And his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method.