AM 1370 Focuses on the Education System

(Rochester, NY) - As the school season approaches, AM 1370 takes a look at the nation's education system starting Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

Whole Teachers: Whole Students, airing on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9:00 p.m., discusses how schools can develop students’ skills for self-reflection and social sensitivity to better equip young people who will face our world’s mounting challenges. Listeners will hear stories of teaching young people social awareness and self-awareness and the voices of faculty and students at UVA in Charlottesville, the scene of a frightening neo-Nazi gathering in 2017, describe their vision for a gentler, more thoughtful society. Then, the audience will explore related themes at a very different environment: middle schools in San Francisco. Visionary educators there launched Millennium School in 2016, a remarkable educational experiment. Developed at both a private “lab school” and now the city’s largest public middle school, Millennium aims to instill in students a greater capacity for self-reflection. One fascinating dimension is how participants handle inevitable disagreements at school. You may be uplifted by comments from eighth graders about a style of conflict resolution adopted at Millennium.

Students on the Move: Keeping Uprooted Kids in School, airing on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 9:00 p.m., focuses on two groups that often change addresses – those who are homeless and those whose parents are migrant farm workers – and explores efforts to help these students do well in school.

Under a Watchful Eye: How Colleges Are Tracking Students to Boost Graduation, airing on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 9:00 p.m., sheds light on college admissions. As colleges look to increase their graduation rates, many are embracing the big data used by corporations and social media companies to track the clicks and movements of their customers. Colleges collect a trove of student information, and work with private companies to predict who's likely to drop out or succeed in a major, so they can offer students extra help or steer them to different subject areas. The Hechinger Report's Jill Barshay teams up with APM Reports to examine the growing use of predictive analytics to boost graduation rates and revenue, and how student data is reshaping the college experience.

At a Loss for Words: What's Wrong With How Schools Teach Reading, airing on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 9:00 p.m., focuses on the long-standing belief about how people read words that's deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials used in most elementary school classrooms. The idea has been disproven by cognitive scientists, yet it continues to be taught in teacher preparation programs, promoted in professional development sessions, and marketed by publishers.


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