Eric Westervelt http://kbia.org en Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families http://kbia.org/post/maze-college-costs-and-aid-programs-trap-some-families In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.<p>At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.<p>Both are 17 and facing college this fall with anxious excitement. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 50168 at http://kbia.org Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://kbia.org/post/college-applicants-sweat-sats-perhaps-they-shouldnt With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48310 at http://kbia.org College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age http://kbia.org/post/push-boost-computer-science-learning-even-early-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaW3PAzHxCU</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 48266 at http://kbia.org A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core http://kbia.org/post/backlash-grows-against-common-core-education-standards Supporters of the new Common Core <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/19/169798643/new-reading-standards-aim-to-prep-kids-for-college-but-at-what-cost">education standards</a> adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core</a>, and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: t Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47254 at http://kbia.org Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif. http://kbia.org/post/teacher-job-protections-vs-students-education-calif Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>To California now where a polarizing lawsuit goes to trial tomorrow. At issue, whether job protections for public school teachers undermines students' constitutional rights to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit say it could provide a model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:41:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 47172 at http://kbia.org The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course http://kbia.org/post/online-education-revolution-drifts-course One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 46048 at http://kbia.org The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun http://kbia.org/post/make-science-real-kids-want-more-fun-and-fewer-facts Are American kids<strong> </strong>being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf" target="_blank">according to a poll by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 45383 at http://kbia.org To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre http://kbia.org/post/parents-say-school-security-has-increased-newtown-massacre Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn">massacre</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The poll was the <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf">first national survey</a> since the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/14/167276746/schools-have-become-more-secure-sinc Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 45274 at http://kbia.org Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint http://kbia.org/post/charter-schools-philadelphia-educating-without-blueprint <em>This is final story in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Shayna Terrell is in a good mood: It's report card night at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter high school in North Philadelphia, and parents are showing up in good numbers.<strong> </strong><p>Terrell, Mastery's outreach coordinator, welcomes parents. Her goal on this night is to get 40 percent of Gratz parents to come to the school, meet teachers face to face, and get their child's report card. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 44185 at http://kbia.org Charter Schools In Philadelphia: Educating Without A Blueprint Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools http://kbia.org/post/unrelenting-poverty-leads-desperation-philly-schools <em>This is the second in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.</em><p>Philadelphia's Center City area sparkles with new restaurants, jobs and money. After declining for half a century, the city's population grew from 2006 to 2012.<p>But for people living in concentrated poverty in large swaths of North and West Philadelphia, the Great Recession only made life harder.<p>The overall poverty rate in the city dipped slightly in 2012 to 28 percent. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 44168 at http://kbia.org Unrelenting Poverty Leads To 'Desperation' In Philly Schools Duncan Apologizes For 'Clumsy' Common Core Remarks http://kbia.org/post/duncan-apologizes-clumsy-common-core-remarks Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in some hot water over remarks he made last week suggesting that opposition to Common Core of Standards was coming from "white suburban moms." He has since pulled back from those remarks. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 44052 at http://kbia.org Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play http://kbia.org/post/trim-recess-some-schools-hold-childs-play It's recess time at Ruby Bridges Elementary School and a third-grader is pummeling a plastic tetherball with focused intensity. He's playing at one of more than a half-dozen recess play stations on the school's sprawling cement playground — there's also wall ball, basketball, capture the flag, sharks and minnows, a jungle gym and tag.<p>The kids at this school in Alameda, Calif., a city on a small island near Oakland, get recess-time help from coach Kenny Wong. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:13:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43439 at http://kbia.org Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship http://kbia.org/post/tablet-generation-lesson-digital-citizenship <em>This week on All Tech, </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/240783313/on-the-air-this-week-were-exploring-digital-childhood-kids-and-technology">we're exploring kids and technology</a><em> with posts and radio pieces about raising digital natives. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 43075 at http://kbia.org For The Tablet Generation, A Lesson In Digital Citizenship A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism http://kbia.org/post/schools-ipad-initiative-brings-optimism-and-skepticism A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198442307/education-reform-learns-lesson-from-old-standards">Common Core state standards</a> for math and reading.<p>One of California's poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 42746 at http://kbia.org A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App http://kbia.org/post/more-angst-college-applicants-glitchy-common-app For many high school students this year, the already stressful process of applying to college has been made far worse by major technical malfunctions with the Common Application, an online application portal used by hundreds of colleges and universities.<p>"It's been stressful, to be honest," says Freya James, a senior in Atlanta applying to five schools — all early admissions. The Common App has been a nightmare, the 17-year-old says.<p>"No one likes applying to college anyway, and this is supposed to help and it's made it worse," she says. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:17:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 42230 at http://kbia.org More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App